TIRF releases educational primer for judges on ignition interlocks

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October 16, 2006 – The Traffic Injury Research Foundation has just released an educational primer for judges on ignition interlocks entitled, “Ignition Interlocks: From Research to Practice.” This user-friendly document is designed to provide judges with comprehensive information addressing the scientific, technical, and practical challenges and issues that are often raised regarding interlocks.

The primer contains a summary of key research findings about interlocks, an outline of the technological features of interlocks, and a section addressing common judicial concerns. The primer also highlights compelling reasons to use interlocks, ways that offenders attempt to avoid interlock usage, and ways that this can be overcome. State-specific legislative and program information for Florida has been included as part of the primer, and plans are underway to compile state-specific information for other jurisdictions.

Funding for this educational primer was made possible by a grant from Alcohol Countermeasure Systems, Inc.

About TIRF

Established in 1964, TIRF’s mission is to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries. TIRF designs, promotes and implements effective programs and policies, based on research. More information about TIRF is available at www.trafficinjuryresearch.com.