UVA, INOVA Fairfax Hospital Awarded NHTSA Grant To Study Older Drivers

Last week, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the awarding of a $2.5 million federal grant to the University of Virginia and INOVA Fairfax Hospital. The grant will establish the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN), a research program to study older drivers.

The CIREN Center will use engineering and medical expertise to investigate and analyze crash data. The purpose of the CIREN Center is twofold. One of the goals of the CIREN Center is to help older drivers maintain their independence; the other is to help them drive safely, thereby reducing the injuries they cause to themselves and to those with whom they share the road.

New alliances with organizations such as the AARP and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are expected to add to the work done by the Center. AARP’s involvement will include outreach to the approximately 38 million elderly Americans who can benefit from the CIREN Center’s findings.

Various CIREN Centers operate on NHTSA grants throughout the country, and each focuses on different ways to help improve safety on America’s roadways and prevent serious injuries and fatalities.

Data from the UVA, INOVA Fairfax Center should help save lives of older Americans and help them maintain their independence for as long as possible.

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