TIRF releases two new publications on fatigued driving

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Sep 24, 2009 – TIRF is pleased to release two new publications on fatigued driving. The first is a primer entitled The Facts about Fatigued Driving in Ontario – a Guidebook for Police and the second is a brochure geared towards the public, entitled, Fatigued Driving, Fast Facts.

The guidebook is a summary of peer-reviewed research and the findings from two Ontario polls conducted by TIRF of more than 800 police officers in Ontario, and some 750 Ontario drivers. The purpose of the guidebook is to provide police administrators and officers with research-based knowledge about the magnitude and characteristics of the fatigued driving problem and how fatigued drivers and fatigue-related crashes are being handled.

It contains facts about fatigued drivers, fatigued driving crashes, current enforcement strategies, and ways that they can be strengthened to reduce fatigued-driving. It answers key questions surrounding fatigued driving and provides a better understanding of the problem and ways it can be addressed.

The brochure is a pamphlet designed to provide drivers with the facts on fatigued and drowsy driving, warning signs and the risks involved. It also debunks the myths surrounding caffeine and other short-term fixes and identifies strategies to prevent fatigued driving.

TIRF would also like to thank the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Toronto Police Services (TPS) for facilitating the fielding of the survey to police agencies across Canada and for their feedback on the Guidebook.

If you would like to order printed copies of either document, please contact [email protected] There is a minimum charge per order for non-members/donors of $25.00 (Canadian dollars) to cover shipping and handling.

About TIRF:

Established in 1964, TIRF’s mission is to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries. As a national, independent, charitable road safety institute, TIRF designs, promotes, and implements effective programs and policies, based on sound research. TIRF is a registered charity and depends on grants, contracts, and donations to provide services for the public. For more information, visit http://www.tirf.ca/.