The mission of TREDS is to improve driver safety through education and training programs for professionals and the community and research to inform and improve public policy. Based at UC San Diego in the School of Medicine and Calit2, TREDS operates under the umbrella of the Injury Epidemiology, Prevention and Research Center (IEPRC) and the leadership of Linda Hill, MD, MPH, Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health and Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS, Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Trauma.
A major focus of TREDS is to prevent crash-related morbidity and mortality among older drivers. The aging US population has increased the number of impaired older drivers on the road. The identification and management of impaired drivers requires a multidisciplinary approach by medical and law professionals, family members and caregivers, and state and local regulatory agencies. TREDS provides training and technical assistance to all of these stakeholders to aid in the identification, assessment and referral of at-risk drivers. Our collaborators on this project include the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
A second major focus of our work is to reduce distracted driving behaviors. Distracted driving has become an increasingly important public safety concern, and includes behaviors from eating to texting while driving. TREDS researchers conduct surveillance of these behaviors to inform interventions and policies to reduce distracted driving.