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James C. Fell, MS, Human Factors Engineering
Senior Research Scientist II
Calverton Center
Calverton, Maryland

Phone: (301) 755-2746
Fax: (301) 755-2799
Email: fell@pire.org


James C. Fell presently is a Senior Research Scientist at PIRE. He has been at PIRE since May, 2001. He is currently involved in managing projects evaluating the effectiveness of traffic safety enforcement programs, particularly highly visible, highly publicized and frequent sobriety checkpoints, in reducing impaired driving and the effects of underage drinking laws on those under age 21. He has completed a study of the drinking characteristics of drivers arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), a project on increasing safety belt usage by teens, and the development of various resource documents on sanctions for drivers convicted of DWI. Mr. Fell recently finished research on grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that assessed the status and enforcement of the various components of the Minimum Legal Drinking Age 21 (MLDA 21) laws in the States and determined the relationship of those laws to teenage traffic deaths. In the past he has managed projects to evaluate the effectiveness of DWI Courts in Georgia, responsible beverage service (RBS) measures to reduce impaired driving by 21-34 year olds, night and passenger restrictions in graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws on crashes by teen drivers, and intensive supervision programs (ISP) on DWI recidivism. Mr. Fell served as Director of Traffic Safety and Enforcement Programs in the Center for Policy Analysis and Training when he first started at PIRE. In that capacity, he has been involved in a major effort to promote the enforcement of laws dealing with underage drinking and over-service practices in licensed establishments. This effort includes an inventory of all the various alcohol laws and violation penalties in the states and provinces of North America, a documentation of the best enforcement strategies and practices, and methods to persuade local law enforcement to enforce alcohol laws as a means to reduce violent crime and impaired driving in a community. Mr. Fell formerly worked at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 1969 to 1999 and has 45 years of traffic safety and research experience. At NHTSA, he was Chief of Research and Evaluation for Traffic Safety Programs and Manager of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). He has authored over 100 scientific publications in the areas of highway safety, alcohol impairment and human factors research. Mr. Fell served on the National Board of Directors for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) from 1999-2006 and is a member of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS), the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM), the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), and the Society for Prevention Research (SPR). From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Fell served as Chair of the Fairfax County (VA) Oversight Committee on Drinking and Driving. He has both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Human Factors Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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