OTTAWA, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - International experts are converging on
Palm Springs, California, to share information in the global fight
against drunk driving as the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF)
brings together more than 175 road safety professionals from 17
countries around the world and 21 US States at the 12th Annual
International Alcohol Interlock Symposium, September 18th-20th.
"The theme of this year's event is Integrating Systems: Creating a Continuum of Care", explains Robyn Robertson, TIRF President & CEO. "The integration of
licensing, criminal justice and treatment systems as part of interlock
programs enables us to better manage offender risk and allocate
resources, effectively creating a continuum of care to protect the
Founder of Mother Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) Candace Lightner will
provide the opening address at the Welcome Reception. Opening plenary
speakers for the Symposium are Chris Murphy, Director of the California
Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and David Manning, Regional
Administrator from the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The closing plenary speaker is Lowell Porter, Director of the
Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
Sessions will involve a mixture of panel presentations and discussion
groups to identify opportunities for system integration. The goal is to
ensure that agencies are better positioned to share information, and
improve the monitoring and tracking of offenders across agencies and
jurisdictions. A special session will be dedicated to California's
pilot program for all offenders.
"California is pleased to be the site of this important symposium," said
OTS Director Murphy. "Having recently begun a pilot program that will
provide valuable insight into the increased use of ignition interlock
devices, we are eager to learn what others from around the world are
doing to save lives with this technology."
The agenda also includes speakers from Sweden, New Zealand, Finland and
Canada. Of particular interest this year, presenters will also share
their findings on brain research and what it tells us about impaired
drivers, what we know about their risk of recidivism and how female
offenders differ from male offenders.
"Participants include government officials, law enforcement, court and
treatment professionals, researchers, community groups and members of
industry", notes Robertson. "With the increasing number of
jurisdictions around the world implementing interlock programs, the
Symposium enables staff from the many agencies and countries involved
to come together to share their research, discuss best practices and
identify strategies to improve the delivery of interlock programs."
The first recipient of the Barry Sweedler Award will be announced in Palm Springs. Proceedings of this Symposium will
be made available at www.interlocksymposium.com where proceedings of all past symposia are also available.
About the Symposium
Since 2000, the Annual International 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.
Full program details are available at www.interlocksymposium.com.
About Alcohol Interlocks
An alcohol ignition interlock is a breath testing device that connects
to the starter or ignition, or other on-board computer system of a
vehicle. The device prevents the vehicle from starting if breath test
results shows a breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) is found to exceed
a certain pre-set limit (usually corresponding to blood alcohol
concentration of .025%). This device also requires the driver to
continue to pass repeated breath tests while the vehicle is in use to
ensure that the driver remains sober. In addition, these programmable
devices possess a range of anti-circumvention features. It should be
noted that the alcohol interlock will never interfere with a running
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