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Alcohol Ignition Interlocks in All New Vehicles: A Broader Perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. Univ Helsinki, Inst Behav Sci, Human Factors & Safety Behav Grp.
Univ Helsinki, Fac Law.
Univ Helsinki, Inst Behav Sci, Human Factors & Safety Behav Grp.
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2014 (English)In: Traffic Injury Prevention, ISSN 1538-9588, E-ISSN 1538-957X, Vol. 15, no 4, 335-342 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: To discuss the implications of widespread implementation of alcohol ignition interlocks. Method: We base our discussion on data from Finland including crash statistics and surveys collected from criminal justice professionals and general driving population. Results: Alcohol ignition interlocks are an effective preventive measure against drunk driving when installed in the vehicles of convicted drunk drivers. However, once they are removed from the vehicles, drivers typically return to their habit of drinking and driving. Furthermore, for a number of reasons, the proportion of convicted drunk drivers that install an interlock in their vehicles is quite small. Therefore, many stakeholders believe that the solution to the drunk driving problem will come when interlocks become standard equipment in all new vehicles. However, drunk driving is a complex sociopsychological problem, and technology can rarely offer a solution to such complex problems. Consequently, many aspects of such interventions might be difficult to identify and include in cost-benefit analysis. Conclusion: We express caution about requiring an interlock as standard equipment in all new vehicles.

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2014. Vol. 15, no 4, 335-342 p.
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motor vehicle crashes, drunk driving, alcohol ignition interlock, cost-benefit analysis, traffic police, prosecutors
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-101000DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2013.825042ISI: 000330264400002Local ID: P-3153OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-101000DiVA: diva2:699723
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Traffic Safety Committee of Insurance Companies (VALT)

Available from: 2014-02-28 Created: 2014-02-21 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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