April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

In an HIPRC study to examine driver use of electronic devices, UW investigators saw that more than 8 percent of drivers were engaging with such devices behind the wheel, higher than previously estimated.


Thousands of individuals are injured or killed each year because people continue to use their cell phones while driving, handheld or hands-free.

Talking and texting on a handheld device is illegal in WA. It puts lives at risk and officers are actively enforcing these laws.

Join the National Safety Council by taking these simple steps to stay safe:

  • Don’t use cell phones to text or talk while driving.
  • Talk with the people you love about the risks of distracted driving and agree to follow the law.
  • Set an example for your kids by putting your phone away when the car is running.


In the News:

UW NEWS: A new study from HIPRC faculty member, Dr. Melissa Schiff, shows that girls often play soccer through concussions.







New Grant Awards:

PI: Ali Rowhani-Rahbar
Sponsor: Royalty Research Fund
Title: Mental Illness and Risk of Subsequent Injury, Crime, and Death Following First Firearm-Related Injury: A Translational Epidemiologic Investigation



PI: Vijay Krishnamoorthy
Sponsor: Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists (WSSA) Seafair Education and Research Grant
Title: Evaluation of Cardiac Dysfunction after Traumatic Brain Injury












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