Press Releases

Survey: Nearly 60 Percent of Seniors Use Cell Phones While Driving
April 21, 2017

With April designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness month, a team of researchers at the Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program at University of California San Diego School of Medicine has released survey results describing the habits of senior drivers in California.


Sobering Data Drives Home Need to Expand Teen DUI Prevention Program
October 19, 2016

Program will educate both teenagers and parents on life-saving prevention measures. In an effort to put the brakes on sobering statistics related to teenagers driving under the influence, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine will join forces with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) to reduce alcohol-impaired driving among San Diego youth ages 15 to 20.


Grants Help Program Continue to Put Brakes on Distracted Driving
December 15, 2015

Funding supports campaigns that promote a culture of traffic safety. Texting a friend, using a GPS device or talking on a cell phone while driving – even hands-free – can put lives in danger. Distracted driving has emerged as a major transportation safety problem. To combat it, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine recently received funding for the ninth consecutive year from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Program Helps Local Businesses Implement Cell-Phone-While Driving Bans
November 7, 2014

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are launching a new program to help businesses in the San Diego region end the epidemic of distracted driving and the suffering and loss of life that can result. The program, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is the newest component of “Just Drive – Take Action against Distraction.” It will offer no-cost technical assistance to employers who are interested in crafting or strengthening bans on their employees using cell phones while driving.


Assessing Elderly Drivers:  Doctors and Law Enforcement Receive Training
November 3, 2014

Every day in America roughly 10,000 people turn age 65. To help keep roadways safe as America grays and to help preserve the freedom of mobility of older drivers, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are training law enforcement officers to recognize warning signs of impaired driving skills and to take appropriate, compassionate action. They are also training doctors to think more about their patients’ ability to drive safely with age.


UC San Diego Joins Nationwide Efforts To Curb Phone Use While Driving
December 4, 2013

TREDS partners with San Diego-based employers in launching a campaign to end distracted driving

Expanding their efforts to keep citizens safe on San Diego roadways, UC San Diego’s Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program announced today that they are launching a new distracted driving education project called Just Drive – Take Action Against Distraction, a one hour class free of charge offered to businesses in San Diego.


Grant Will Help Program Continue Training For Safe Senior Driving
November 26, 2013

TREDS works to assist older drivers with health issues that may put them, other drivers at risk.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program at the UC San Diego School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) that will help keep our roadways and senior drivers safe through professional training.


Survey Results Reveal Distracted Driving Habits Of San Diegans
April 10, 2013

UC San Diego Researchers and CHP Educate Public on Driving Laws and Safety Tips

According to experts in the Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, there were approximately 3,300 deaths and 400,000 injuries nationwide in 2011 due to collisions involving distracted driving. The use of cell phones while operating a vehicle is currently the leading cause of driver distraction crashes in California…


UC San Diego’s TREDS Program Promotes Safety For Senior Drivers
January 3, 2013

Researchers and CHP Educate Public on Driving Laws and Safety Tips

UC For the sixth consecutive year, the Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to promote driving safety in older adults. This team of experts, part of UCSD’s Injury Epidemiology, Prevention and Research Center, has been working to keep Southern California’s highways and senior drivers safe…


Experts Say Distracted Driving Among College Students In San Diego On Upswing
April 24, 2012

UC San Diego researchers join CHP this morning to educate students and public


UC San Diego Program On Driving Safety Goes Statewide
January 4, 2012

Program showed success in training health care, law enforcement


Older Driver Screening Program Expands To Other Counties, Law Enforcement
January 14, 2011

UC San Diego experts started original program in 2007


Helping Seniors Drive Safely, Perhaps Longer
January 7, 2010

UC San Diego Experts Train Health Care Professionals for Signs of Age-Related Driving Issues


Senior Dilemma: Drive Safely Or Give Up The Keys?
November 15, 2007

UC San Diego Experts Screen for Age-Related Driving Disorders