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RESEARCH - Blood THC Concentration and Driver Impairment

marihuanaThe American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a report titled An Evaluation of Data from Drivers Arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Relation to Per se Limits for Cannabis. Researchers examined Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and impaired driving arrest investigation data and compared the blood levels of THC to observed impairment. The conclusion made was that a quantitative threshold for per se laws for THC following cannabis use cannot be scientifically supported.

RESEARCH - Bad Drivers Don't Think They're Bad

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Road RageResearch led by Dr. Thomas Brown of McGill University in Montreal suggests that "surprisingly, these drivers usually don't consider themselves as risk takers. If drivers don't believe they are risky, they will not accept the need to change. On the other hand, if we and they don't understand their behavior, how can they be expected to change it effectively?" Reported in ars technica, the study compared four groups of 19 to 39 year old male drivers and concludes that the risky driving preference appears to be a useful marker for clarifying explanatory pathways to risky driving, and for research into developing more personalized prevention efforts.

READING - IIHS Status Report - April 12, 2016

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IIHS LogoThe April 12, 2016 issue of the Status Report is now available for reading on line. This issue examines the crash testing of large 2016 model pickup trucks, how manufacturers are in competition to implement automatic emergency braking systems into their vehicles before they are required by law and how raising the speed limits in the United States has contributed to an increase in the number of deaths in highway crashes.

We Don't Have a Very Good Opinion of Ourselves

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ExclamationA recent poll by Insights West found that 50% of Canadians feel that drivers in their city or town are worse than they were five years ago. The two top groups of bad drivers identified by three of every five of us were youth and seniors. To top it off, most of us have witnessed dangerous and illegal behaviour on our roads in the past month. Wow! Time to have a look at ourselves in the rear view mirror.

RESEARCH - IIHS Rates Vehicle Headlights

IIHS LogoFor the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested and rated vehicle headlights. Of the 31 mid-sized vehicles examined, only one, the Toyota Prius, received a "good" rating. All the others rated acceptable, marginal or poor in roughly the same proportion.

RESEARCH - Road Safety Campaigns

TIRF New LogoQuoted from the Executive Summary: "This report contains an overview of leading theories that provide the foundation for road safety campaigns. It is combined with a comprehensive summary of the research evidence related to the effectiveness of road safety campaigns generally, and examples of individual campaign evaluations regarding drinking and driving, distracted driving, seatbelt use, speeding and vulnerable road users. It also highlights what is known about learning styles based on  educational theories and shares recommendations to help communities develop effective road safety campaigns."

READING - Vision Zero International, June 2015

Vision Zero International LogoVision Zero showcases cutting edge technology designed to improve the safety of road users. The June 2015 edition includes:

RESEARCH - 100 Car Naturalistic Study

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Toy CarThe 100 Car Naturalistic Driving Study was conducted under the auspices of NHTSA. The study is described in this quote from the web site:

RESEARCH - CBC Marketplace: Paws for Concern

Crash TestWe buy products that we expect will perform according to the manufacturer's claims for them. In this case the product is a restraint for our canine friends when they ride in our vehicle with us. The claim is that the restraints will protect the animal. CBC Marketplace testing finds the contrary, our expectations may be putting both our pets and ourselves at risk.

READING - IIHS Status Report, November 2014

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IIHS LogoThe IIHS Status Report is published periodically, is a newsletter covering research and topics in the highway safety field. This edition reports on 3 models of minivan that have significantly poor small overlap collision performance, how two cars sold by major manufacturers in India fail to meet minimum safety standards and how ABS is a benefit to both high and low risk motorcycle riders.

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