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Media Advisory & Photo Opportunity - 14th Alcohol Interlock Symposium

OTTAWA, Aug. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is pleased to host the 14th Alcohol Interlock Symposium from August 17th to 19th in Washington, DC at The Dupont Circle Hotel.

Opening plenaries will be delivered by David Friedman, Acting Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Dr. Doug Marlowe, Chief of Science, Policy and Law at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). Jonathon Passmore, Technical Lead for Violence, Injury Prevention and Road Safety for the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific, will be delivering the closing plenary.

The theme of this year's event is Alcohol Interlocks: Managing Risk and Behavior Change. Sessions will involve a mixture of panel presentations and discussion groups. Attendees include practitioners and vendors from North America, the European Union, South Africa, the Philippines and Japan.

Please note that plenary speakers and some conference presenters will be available for a brief Q&A with attendees and the media after the opening and closing plenaries. We ask that media identify themselves prior to asking their question and to keep questions on topic.

What: Media are invited to attend the opening and closing plenaries of the 14th Alcohol Interlock Symposium

When & Who:

  • Opening Plenaries - Monday August 18th, 2014
    9:00 am - 10:00 am

    David Friedman, Acting Administrator, NHTSA
    Dr. Doug Marlowe, Chief of Science, Policy and Law, NADCP
    Debbie Weir, CEO, MADD
  • Closing Plenary - Tuesday August 19th, 2014
    3:35 pm - 4:05 pm

    Jonathon Passmore, Technical Officer, WHO
Where: The Dupont Circle Hotel
1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW,
Washington DC, USA 20036

Full program details are available at www.interlocksymposium.com. Use #Interlock14 on Twitter or Facebook for updates from the Symposium. @Interlock2014

About the Symposium
Since 2000, the Alcohol Interlock Symposia have collected the current state of knowledge about alcohol interlocks. The goal of these symposia has been to advance all facets in the field of alcohol interlocks and support the development of evidence-based programs and practices to reduce impaired driving. Research demonstrates that these breath testing devices attached to a vehicle starter are an effective tool to separate drinking from driving. They reduce recidivism by an average of 60%. Today, jurisdictions around the world are strengthening and expanding alcohol interlock programs in a variety of settings. TIRF would like to thank this year's Platinum Sponsors, Alcohol Countermeasure Systems (ACS), Smart Start, Dräger and LifeSafer for their generous support.

For more information, please contact:

Manager, Marketing and Communications

613-238-5235 (office)
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613-238-5292 (fax)