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  The Center for Education and Research in Safety was established by Dr. J.E.Louis Malenfant and Dr. Ron Van Houten in 1990 to develop, carry out research and implement sustainable and socially acceptable programs designed to reduce crashes and injuries, and improve safety related behaviors for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Dr. Malenfant and Dr. Van Houten have designed successful programs to reduce injuries related to impaired driving, pedestrians in crosswalks, bicycling, highway speeding, riding escalators, and poor seatbelt use. The directors of the Centre have consulted on traffic problems in many countries, and their safety programs have been adopted in the U.S., Canada, Iceland, Israel, and New Zealand. The Centre has consulted with, or conducted research for renowned organizations such as General Motors, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Transport Canada, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), U.S. State and City Departments of Transportation, Canadian Provincial and City Departments of Transportation, Imperial Oil, the University of Florida in Gainesville, the University of New Mexico’s Department of Emergency Medicine and the Canadian and International Brewers Association.

In 2000, Dr. Malenfant and Dr. Van Houten were the recipients of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Innovative Intermodal Solutions for Urban Transportation award. Their research in pedestrian safety has resulted in modifications to the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). They have also been successful in reducing littering, improving services to shopping mall clientel and have consulted with the medical profession to reduce nosocomial infections in hospitals.