Indigenous alcohol interlock demonstration project
The Indigenous alcohol interlock demonstration project was a trial of an alcohol ignition interlock scheme in remote communities in Western Australia (WA). The project was trialed as a part of the Repeat drink driving strategy (RDDS), which aimed to reduce the incidence of repeat drink driving in the State.
The specific objectives of the project were to:
- demonstrate the value of alcohol interlock as an effective sanction in separating drinking and driving in remote Indigenous and non Indigenous communities
- create awareness and acceptance of the device as a positive step in reducing drink driving among Indigenous people
- establish and test systems and protocols for managing the interlock program currently being proposed for WA in remote communities
- incorporate community education on the proposed RDDS legislation, as well as blood alcohol concentration and licensing issues
- contribute to the limited body of knowledge both nationally and internationally on the efficacy of alcohol interlocks among Indigenous populations.
Abstract adapted from the Office of Road Safety Western Australia
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Olney K (2009)
Road safety strategy to reduce road trauma in Western Australia.
Paper presented at the 10th Annual Interlock Symposium. , Melbourne