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Traffic Injury Research Foundation’s mission to reduce the road crash problem is accomplished by undertaking nearly two dozen research projects each year. With the opening of TIRF USA, we can now expand the breadth of expertise and outreach, sharing the knowledge that saves.

Below you may find some of the projects that are currently in progress or recently completed in partnership with Traffic Injury Research Foundation Canada.

TIRF USA Annual Ignition Interlock Survey: United States

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA, Inc. (TIRF USA) in partnership with the Association of Ignition Interlock Program Administrators (AIIPA) and TIRF in Canada conducted a national survey of the number of total installed and active installed ignition interlocks in the United States in 2016 and 2017. These data provide a comprehensive picture of interlock installations across the United States and are a useful benchmark for state ignition interlock program administrators and the impaired driving community to measure interlock program participation. Trends based on comparisons with data from 2014, 2015 and 2016 are described.

See project description.

Project Sponsor: Association of Ignition Interlock Program Administrators

For more information, please contact:

Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA, Inc.
tirf@tirf.us
Corporate Office | T: 202-507-6334 |


New TIRF USA, Inc. Project: Educational resource for effective communication about the impairing risks of prescribed pain medication while driving

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA, Inc. (TIRF USA), in partnership with TIRF in Canada, is pleased to announce they have received funding from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop and evaluate an educational resource. The purpose of the resource is to develop more effective communication tools to help prescribing health care professionals (HCPs) talk to patients about the impairing effects of prescribed pain medication and the risks associated with driving. The TIRF organizations have also partnered with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to inform the development of this important resource that will benefit HCPs and the public alike. The research team will use TIRF’s established Knowledge Translation (KT) model to collect and synthesize focus group information and results will be used to inform the development of the resource. It will also be evaluated based on a comparison of HCPs and patients who are using the resource versus a control group of HCPs and patients who are not using it.

The anticipated completion date for the project is September 2018.

Project Sponsor: US Food and Drug Administration

For more information, please contact:

Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) USA, Inc.
tirf@tirf.us
Corporate Office -20 F Street, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20001 | T: 202-507-6334 | F: 202-507-6101

TIRF USA, Inc. Project: National Opinion Polls on Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA, Inc. (TIRF USA), in partnership with TIRF in Canada, has conducted a third national public opinion poll on alcohol-impaired driving in the United States with funding from Anheuser-Busch. The focus of the 2017 poll was to gauge the behaviors, attitudes and opinions of Americans in relation to alcohol-impaired driving. This latest fact sheet compares results from the last three years of surveying with a special emphasis placed on attitudes and behaviors regarding three alternatives to alcohol-impaired driving: safe rides such as safe ride home programs and ride share, public transportation, and designated drivers. Results reveal interesting trends about the levels of familiarity regarding each of these alternatives as well as the use of them.

Each of the three years of surveys inquired about alternative transportation use when planning to go out when drinking would occur. Overall, when combining all alternatives, 80.1% of drivers reported using safe ride home programs or rideshare, using public transportation, or being/using a designated driver, on those occasions This corresponds to approximately 177 million drivers aged 21 years or older using alternatives to alcohol-impaired driving. Results demonstrate that there remains significant familiarity with alcohol-impaired driving alternatives, but that there have not been significant increases in the utilization of them. Thus, there is great potential to increase the reliance on, and the usage of, these alternative solutions, especially in terms of the frequency of usage.

 Fact sheet: Road Safety Monitor: Alternatives to Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States, 2017
Fact sheet: Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States, 2017
Press release: Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States, 2017
Fact sheet: Road Safety Monitor: Alternatives to Impaired Driving in the United States, 2016
Infographic: Getting a Safe Ride Home
Fact sheet: Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States, 2016
Press release: Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States, 2016
Fact sheet: Road Safety Monitor: Alternatives to Impaired Driving in the United States, 2015
Press Release: Road Safety Monitor: Alternatives to Impaired Driving in the United States, 2015
Fact sheet: Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States, 2015
Press release: Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States, 2015

Project Sponsor: Anheuser-Busch

For more information, please contact:

Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) USA, Inc.
tirf@tirf.us
Corporate Office -20 F Street, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20001 | T: 202-507-6334 | F: 202-507-6101

Minnesota ignition interlock program evaluation completed

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