The AMA Foundation for Traffic Safety is focused on advancing the understanding of critical traffic safety issues so that all Albertans can be safe while they are mobile. The Foundation funds research on issues like improving road design, increasing knowledge about the rules of the road, examining alternate transportation services for aging drivers, distracted driving, and aggressive and risky driving behaviours.
Recently completed projects include:
A survey that explored the extent of aggressive and risky driving behaviours, committed and experienced, by Alberta drivers. Most Albertans reported that incidents of aggressive driving and distracted driving had increased over the last three years. Findings also suggested that many drivers had a “do as I say, not as I do” approach to driving especially as it related to speeding.
Research regarding the experiences of senior drivers with the provincial driver licensing and assessment system. The findings of this study confirmed that senior drivers and their families deserve and need more information about the driver licensing system, their options relating to driving assessments, and supports to ease their eventual transition from driving.
A study to examine Alberta drivers’ knowledge of rules of the road. Results of this research provided valuable insight relating to the need for drivers to regularly refresh their knowledge of road rules and consider upgrading their driving skills.
Research to better understand the link between cell phone use and crashes. This study was used to assist lawmakers and individuals determine the best course of action for dealing with driver distractions resulting from the use of cell phones while behind the wheel.
What People Are Saying
"Funding from the AMA Foundation for Traffic Safety enabled me to carry out cutting-edge research on driving safety that can have an impact on the lives of all Albertans. We were able to establish Alberta as a centre of research excellence in driving safety."
— C.T. Scialfa, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Calgary.