In honor of Barry's contributions to improve traffic safety, the Barry Sweedler Award was conferred upon Elinore Kaufman and Douglas Wiebe for their study on the impact of state ignition interlock laws on alcohol-involved crash deaths in the United States. One of the main takeaways that emerged from the informative discussions at the symposium was that interlock technology will remain an essential safety tool to protect road users for years to come, despite the increasing availability of automated vehicles.
Ward Vanlaar and Robyn Robertson of TIRF presented the Barry Sweedler
Award to Douglas Wiebe for his and Elinore Kaufman's study.
Barry Sweedler, a friend and colleague to many road safety professionals, passed away in 2009. His influential career included over three decades of service at the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, becoming a founding partner of Safety and Policy Analysis International, and serving as the President of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS). He was an active attendee at the Annual International Alcohol Interlock Symposia series and supportive of new attendees, new ideas, and perspectives to advance the field.
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