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The Traffic Injury Research Foundation provides four core services:

  • Research on road crashes
  • Program and policy development
  • Knowledge transfer and exchange
  • Evaluation plans, program and policy evaluations

Research on road crashes

TIRF examines who is at risk; what behaviours put road users at risk; what conditions create the greatest risk on the road, and why certain factors are more risky than others (learn more).

TIRF has expertise in a variety of research methods including:

  • 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

TIRF's research has identified needed improvements to and best practices for programs and policies, including hard core 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, TIRF has an excellent reputation for effectively translating its research to many sectors and producing products that clearly and concisely communicate research findings and inform practice. For this reason, TIRF frequently gives invited presentations to technical and non-technical audiences and routinely interacts with the media.

Evaluation plans, program and policy evaluations

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

Other Services

In addition to its core business, TIRF also provides road safety event services and is available for consultation. TIRF is adept in organizing and hosting international conferences, symposia and workshops, and producing useful proceedings. Activities in this area have focused on young and novice drivers, impaired driving, motorcycle safety, distracted driving, fitness to drive, and other issues.

TIRF is available to share its expertise through consulting services to the public and private sectors on many driver-related issues and maintains an extensive road safety library.

Contact us to retain our services

Sara Oglestone
Manager, Marketing and Media
Toll Free: 1-877-238-5235;
Email:sarao@tirf.ca

Other areas of expertise include:

Road Users
  • bicyclists
  • children
  • commercial drivers
  • drivers of recreational vehicles
  • female drivers
  • high risk drivers
  • motorcyclists
  • occupants
  • pedestrians
  • senior drivers
  • young and novice drivers
Driver Behaviours
  • aggressive driving
  • alcohol impaired driving
  • distracted driving
  • drug impaired driving
  • fatigued and drowsy driving
  • speeding
Countermeasures
  • driver licensing
  • driver education
  • driver improvement
  • alcohol interlocks and other safety technologies
  • general and specific deterrent strategies
  • public education and awareness strategies