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TIRF prepares for upcoming 15th International Alcohol Interlock Symposium; releases 14th Symposium Proceedings

TIRF is looking forward to the 15th annual Alcohol Interlock Symposium, taking place on September 13–15 at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels, Belgium. This year’s event will be organized and hosted by TIRF in partnership with the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).

Alcohol interlock programs have expanded greatly in recent decades. Today, programs combine technological advances with more tailored and efficient monitoring strategies to deliver high-quality services. The theme of the 2016 Symposium is “Efficiency Through Automation”. As alcohol interlock technology evolves, it becomes increasingly important to understand how intelligent devices can be embedded in sophisticated vehicles and linked to database systems to make services more accessible and enhance road safety.

A key focus at the symposium is in-vehicle alcohol interlocks and the programs they are designed to support. Attendance at the Symposium will provide researchers, policymakers and frontline practitioners with the opportunity to keep pace with the growing needs of governments to deliver sustainable services, as well as new vehicle functions and features.

The 2016 Symposium website can be accessed here www.interlocksymposium.com

Alcohol Interlocks: Managing Risk and Behaviour Change

Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is also pleased to release the proceedings of the 14th International Alcohol Interlock Symposium held in Washington, DC in August 17-19th, 2014. This event attracted more than 150 attendees representing 13 countries on six continents.

The theme of the 2014 Symposium is ‘Alcohol Interlocks: Managing Risk and Behavior Change’ with a focus on the use of interlocks as a tool to respond to varying levels of impaired driving offender risk and ultimately, prevent repeat offenses. Plenary speakers on the agenda underscored the progress that has been achieved in reducing impaired driving and strengthening interlock programs. They also provided clear directions to shape the development and delivery of interlock programs in the future, by better tailoring program features to target the risks and needs posed by different types of drunk drivers.

Other topics included in the agenda were the latest findings from research and practice, the integration of alcohol interlocks with other monitoring tools, quality assurance for programs, and the importance of adopting appropriate privacy policies. Lessons learned from the implementation of first offender alcohol interlock laws were shared, and the implications of increasing vehicle automation on impaired driving were also explored.  Finally, new and ongoing interlock initiatives were highlighted by Federal agencies, and attendees were also able to learn about the impaired driving problem in low and middle income countries, and the opportunities for alcohol interlocks to play a role in reducing the problem.

Sponsors of the 14th Symposium included Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp; Draeger Safety Diagnostics; Smart Start, Inc.; Lifesafer Interlock; and, the Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers (CIIM).

Free Download: Alcohol interlocks: opportunities to improve traffic management - Proceedings of the 14th international alcohol interlock symposium.

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