New funding to support educational programs and interventions to reduce traffic injuries and deaths

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine will continue to work with law enforcement and medical professionals to develop educational programs and interventions that reduce injury and death related to the disease. circulation.

With funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), UC San Diego’s Driving Safety Training, Research and Education (TREDS) program targets educating drivers and pedestrians to make safety the number one priority when sharing the roads.

A recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 20,160 people died in crashes during the first half of 2021. This is an 18.4% increase from 2020 and the highest number of deaths expected during this period since 2006.

In California, there were 3,911 crash-related deaths in 2020. The leading causes of these crashes were impaired driving, wrong turns and speeding, all of which were related to driver behavior and considered preventable.

Linda Hill, MD, MPH, is the Director of the TREDS Program and Professor Emeritus at the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science and UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Implementing and investing in education and intervention strategies help raise awareness of unsafe driving behavior. In turn, this helps protect and benefit all who share the road.. “

Linda Hill, MD, MPH, TREDS Program Director and Emeritus Professor at the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, San Diego School of Medicine, University of California

As part of the program, train-the-trainer courses are available to prepare law enforcement, clinicians and other road safety professionals to educate the public in the communities they serve. The free courses cover impaired driving, including prescription drugs, distracted driving, pedestrian safety, and refresher training for aging drivers.

In addition to live training and webinars, learning opportunities will soon be available online in video format.

Promoting the safety of older drivers is a priority for TREDS this coming year. The aging population in the United States has increased the number of elderly drivers on the road with health conditions that can affect safe driving.

California has nearly four million people aged 65 and over who hold a driver’s license. In 2020, there were over 40,000 accidents involving this age group. TREDS provides law enforcement and healthcare professionals with training and written materials to help identify and manage age-related impairments that can impact safe driving.

“It is essential that we continue to educate those on the front lines of road safety so that we can have a unified message to our community to drive safely. Safe driving means driving sober, without distraction, on the legal limit and without altering the drugs. “

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UC San Diego School of Medicine

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