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 regularly buckle up when in a passenger vehicle, according to a 2017 survey conducted by ITSMR. It’s the 8th consecutive year that seat belt use in New York State has stayed at or above 90%. Nationally, seat belt use reached 90% in 2016.|
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.
- Conduct research supporting the development of many innovative countermeasures and evaluations of their effectiveness in reducing motor vehicle crashes, fatalities and injuries. The wide range of highway safety issues addressed by ITSMR includes impaired driving, occupant restraint use, commercial vehicle safety, motorcycle safety, pedestrian safety, teen and older drivers, aggressive driving and distracted driving.
- Support New York’s performance-based Highway Safety Program by providing and facilitating access to accurate and timely data for the development and implementation of effective programs.
Since its establishment, ITSMR’s primary sponsor has been the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), housed within the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and chaired by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. In addition to the wide range of activities conducted under contract to the GTSC, ITSMR contracts with the NYS Department of Transportation to provide a variety of services in support of the state’s federally-funded Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP). ITSMR has also completed projects for other federal, state, and local government agencies, universities and national associations.