Thursday, April 18, 2013

Drs. Payne and Chamard awarded grant re interlock ignition device research

Ignition interlock device.
Drs. Troy Payne and Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, were awarded a Faculty Development Grant for research on implementation of ignition interlock devices (IID) in Alaska.  Alcohol ignition interlock devices require drivers to pass a breath alcohol test before starting their vehicle.

The study examines court data to determine the extent to which these devices are included in sentencing orders for those convicted of drunk driving in the state.  Payne and Chamard presented preliminary results of the research at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences held in Dallas, Texas in March 2013.  

Kyle Mansfield, a senior in the Justice B.A. program, is a student assistant on the project.

Ignition interlock device mounted to underside
of car dashboard.