Affiliated with the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR) was established in 1978 to provide a link between the State University of New York and New York State government that would facilitate the application of academic expertise to the mitigation and solution of traffic safety problems. From its inception, ITSMR has played a key role in New York becoming a national leader in developing legislative and programmatic countermeasures for major highway safety issues.
|A record 93% of New Yorkers buckle up when in a passenger vehicle, according to a 2018 survey conducted by ITSMR. It’s the 9th consecutive year that seat belt use in New York State has stayed at or above 90%. Nationally, seat belt use reached 90% in 2016 and stayed at that level in 2017.|
The Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research offers a variety of services to local, state and national agencies and organizations seeking to reduce motor vehicle crashes, fatalities and injuries.
Major Projects and Activities
Support for New York’s Highway Safety Program
- Highway Safety Statistical Plan; Annual Report; Funding Applications
- Traffic Records Coordinating Council Leadership
- Annual Seat Belt Observation Survey
- Annual Driver Behavior and Attitude Survey
- Data Services
Support for New York’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Program
Traffic Safety Statistical Repository (TSSR)
DRE Data Entry and Management System
Event Planning and Coordination
Highway Safety Research and Evaluation Studies