European Transport Safety Council
ETSC is a Brussels-based independent non-profit making organization dedicated to reducing the numbers of deaths and injuries in transport in Europe.
Founded in 1993, ETSC provides an impartial source of expert advice on transport safety matters to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and Member States. It maintains its independence through funding from a variety of sources including membership subscriptions, the European Commission, and public and private sector support for various activities.
ETSC seeks to identify and promote effective measures on the basis of international scientific research and best practice in areas which offer the greatest potential for a reduction in transport crashes and casualties. It provides factual information in the form of scientific reports, fact sheets and newsletters in support of high safety standards in EU harmonization, the take up of best practice and transport safety research. ETSC also organizes several national and international conferences every year.
Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF)
TIRF is an independent, charitable road safety research institute based in Canada. It studies the human causes and effects of road crashes, providing objective and scientific information to support the development, implementation and evaluation of road safety programs, effective advocacy and consultation.
TIRF is a world leader in research about alcohol monitoring technologies. It has created a curriculum about alcohol interlocks for frontline practitioners and delivered training and technical assistance to more than 20 U.S. jurisdictions to improve the implementation and delivery of interlock programs. It also developed and maintains an international inventory of alcohol interlock programs, and has published a series of primers about alcohol monitoring technologies. Proceedings from past symposia are available here. www.tirf.ca
Alcohol Interlock Symposium 2014
The 14th International Alcohol Interlock Symposium held in Washington, D.C. has now concluded. This event attracted more than 150 attendees representing 13 countries from six different continents, making it one of the largest and most successful to date. The North American presence was strong with representation from more than 15 jurisdictions.
The theme of this year's Symposium was "Alcohol Interlocks: Managing Risk and Behavior Change" with a focus on the use of interlocks to manage the different levels of risk posed by offenders with the long-term goal of changing drinking and driving behavior.
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.
The Symposium team extends their sincere thanks to all of the presenters, moderators, sponsors, and exhibitors for their contribution to this event.
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