Researcher: Lee Ann Bell
Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation
What’s the Problem?
In Texas, alcohol has been a contributing factor in 33 percent of fatal crashes. Texas statutes require the use of ignition interlock devices for repeat driving-while-intoxicated (DWI) offenses; however, the decision of whether or not the device is ordered to be installed in a vehicle remains at the discretion of the courts. While most traffic safety advocates and criminal justice agencies favor these devices, there is still some disagreement. In addition, there is a definite disapproval among the general public. A lack of education can cause an individual or group to be conflicted on a topic. To curb this disagreement, the public must be educated on the use and effectiveness of ignition interlock devices.
What’s the Solution?
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) will create public information and educational material to promote awareness of ignition interlock devices. Texas Department of Transportation traffic safety specialists, criminal justice agencies and others will help distribute the material statewide. TTI will also administer surveys to the general public to assess attitudes about and knowledge of the devices. This survey will help determine areas that need more education, the success of the project and potential ways to increase support of the devices.
For more information contact Lee Ann Bell.