Dr. Sharon Chamard and Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, recently attended a two-day National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) workshop on breath alcohol automobile ignition interlock devices for people convicted of DUI in Alaska. Attendees included representatives from the Alaska Highway Safety Office, the Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP), Alaska Department of Public Safety, Department of Corrections, Department of Motor Vehicles, Alaska State Troopers, Juneau Police Department, and other law enforcement, as well other agencies involved in this effort. The device is in use in a number of other states.
The technical assistance workshop was presented by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation in partnership with NHTSA and included a report on the status of the current interlock program in Alaska and recommendations for increasing program participation.