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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 Study: United States

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA, Inc. (TIRF USA) in partnership with the Association of Ignition Interlock Program Administrators (AIIPA), and TIRF Canada released 2018 Ignition Interlock Installations: State Data. This study is based on 2018 interlock installation data collected from state agencies in the US. It provides a benchmark for state ignition interlock program administrators and impaired driving stakeholders to measure interlock usage and growth in interlock programs. 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.

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 and with sponsorship from the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, released the sixth annual Road Safety Monitor (RSM) on alcohol-impaired driving and COVID-19. This fact sheet provides key results related to the prevalence of alcohol-impaired driving, reasons for engaging in this behavior and characteristics of drivers, as well as concern about this and other road safety topics. The effects of COVID-19 on risky driving behaviors is also examined, specifically whether drivers were more likely to drink and drive during the pandemic. The number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities continues to decrease for the third year in a row, which is indicative of progress achieved. According to crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number decreased from 10,710 deaths in 2018 to 10,142 in 2019, meaning hundreds of lives were saved in the past two years. Despite these declines, preliminary data from the first half of 2020 indicate concerning trends in the fatality rate and an increase in risky driving behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic such as speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The concern about alcohol-impaired driving remained high and was equal to that of COVID-19. Despite this concern, results demonstrate that many drivers still report driving when they thought they were over the legal limit, and although this has decreased from 20% in 2019 to 16.6% in 2020, representing a 17% decrease, these percentages are the highest observed since 2015 when data collection first began. There was also a notable percentage (7.6%) who indicated they were more likely to drive after drinking during the pandemic. While the full effect of the pandemic on road safety remains unknown, continued monitoring of self-reported alcohol-impaired driving and the effects of COVID-19 on risky driving behaviours is essential to adapt education and prevention efforts accordingly.

Regarding the use of safe rides as an alternative strategy to avoid alcohol-impaired driving, fewer drivers indicated they had been a designated driver, used a designated driver, used a taxi or public transportation or ridesharing in 2020. The number of drivers that reported using safe rides decreased by 15 million, from 187 million in 2019 to 172 million in 2020. Although this may be a result of the pandemic and the reticence to use shared modes of transportation, this must be closely monitored to determine if the use of safe rides continues to decrease or whether it returns to pre-pandemic levels.

 Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving & COVID-19 in the United States, 2020
 TIRF USA releases Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving & Risky Driving During COVID-19 in the United States, 2020
Fact sheet: Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States, 2019
Press Release: TIRF USA releases Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States, 2019
Fact sheet: Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States, 2018
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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