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Research on road crashes

We examine what behaviors put road users at risk; what conditions create the greatest risk on the road, and why certain factors are more risky than others. Our expertise includes a variety of research methods:

  • Experimental and epidemiological research
  • Qualitative and quantitative analyses (and specialized multivariate techniques)
  • Observational studies
  • Public opinion, population and roadside surveys
  • Crash analysis and causal assessment
  • Database design, construction and management
  • Literature reviews

Program and policy development

Our research has identified needed improvements to and best practices for programs and policies, including persistent drinking drivers, new driver licensing, motorcycle licensing, driver education and training and graduated driver licensing.

Knowledge transfer and exchange

In addition to scientific and technical skills, we have an excellent reputation for effectively translating our research to many sectors and producing results that clearly and concisely communicate research findings and inform practice. For this reason, our researchers frequently give invited presentations to technical and non-technical audiences and routinely interact with the media.

Plans, program and policy evaluations

We conduct policy analyses and develop innovative and comprehensive evaluation plans for a wide range of traffic safety countermeasures, both in terms of operational effectiveness and safety impacts. Examples of evaluation work include legislative initiatives, graduated driver licensing programs, ignition interlocks, vehicle impoundment, administrative licence suspension and photo radar.

Other Services

In addition to our core business, we also provide road safety event services. Our expertise ranges from organizing and hosting international conferences, symposia and workshops, to publishing reports and useful proceedings. Areas of expertise: young and novice drivers, impaired driving, motorcycle safety, distracted driving, fitness to drive, and other issues.

We are also available to share our expertise through consulting services to the public and private sectors on many driver-related issues.


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