Making progress requires shared knowledge and understanding of policies and programs, and coordinated efforts across all sectors to improve road safety. The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) has developed a systems approach to bridge gaps and build partnerships among agencies and practitioners that are affected by road crashes.
Knowledge transfer and skill development are critical features of these initiatives. Guided by TIRF’s proven Knowledge Transfer model (KT), these programs are designed for the purposes of training, train-the-trainer, and more generally speaking, the education of frontline practitioners as part of the lifelong learner philosophy.
This section of The Working Group on DWI Systems Improvements website describes some of the existing programs available from TIRF and how they can assist in improving road safety in the community.
Drop It And Drive® is an award-winning distracted driving education program for youth, school, and provides workplace safety programs for public and private sectors across Canada and the US. Access free tools, research, data and new technologies through a dedicated E-hub highlighting the work of the Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving and our National Action Plan.
Drug-Impaired Driving Learning Centre is a fully bilingual, web-based free educational resource that contains answers to many common questions. It includes fact sheets describing the size of the drugged driving problem, characteristics of drivers, effects of drugs on driving, legislation and penalties, and, tools and technologies.
Sober Smart Driving (formerly Change the Conversation) is a free education program sharing knowledge and research to answer common questions about alcohol and impaired driving. It contains facts to help Canadians speak up about the risks associated with drinking and driving and why they choose not to drink and drive.
Wildlife Roadsharing Resource Centre provides free access to downloadable fact sheets, educational flashcards, and practical strategies. It addresses the most common myths and misconceptions to increase awareness of ways to prevent and avoid wildlife-vehicle collisions, including mitigation measures and prevention strategies.
GDL Framework Safety Center contains the latest research and a suite of free tools to help states and provinces identify gaps in young driver safety strategies, and implement improvements related to graduated driver licensing, driver education, license testing and in-vehicle monitoring technologies.
Young and New Driver Resource Centre shares the latest research about young driver crashes, strategies to prevent them, and the requirements of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs as well as Canadian driver education programs. Download free PowerPoint presentations and fact sheets focused on fatigue, distraction, speeding, alcohol and drug impairment, brain development, parental involvement and more.
Brain on Board describes the functioning of active and passive vehicle safety features and explains how driver behaviours play an important role to increase the effectiveness of safety features. This web-resource includes free posters and PSAs, flashcards and fact sheets about vehicle safety features that are standard on most vehicles, and how they can prevent crashes and injuries when combined with safe driving practices.
Community-Based Toolkit for Road Safety Campaigns is a free user-friendly toolkit to guide community efforts in developing effective campaigns specifically targeted to local audiences and focused on the road safety priorities posing the greatest concern. It contains a series of issue-specific fact sheets on campaign effectiveness and development, stakeholder engagement, pedestrian safety, alcohol-impaired driving, young drivers, messaging, branding, social media and evaluation.
Alcohol Interlock Curriculum for Practitioners is a training tool that enables criminal justice, health and transportation professionals, as well as advocates and community members to educate colleagues about alcohol ignition interlocks. It provides access to instructional and train-the-trainer materials on research, technology, implementation, legal concerns and vendors/service providers, device certification and calibration practices.