UK government to review potential of alcohol interlocks

UK government to review potential of alcohol interlocks

The UK will look at the feasibility of adding the use of alcohol interlocks to drink-driver rehabilitation programmes, it has been announced.

The review of the policy measure will focus on how to ensure the technology is “both accessible and reliable” according to a statement on road safety plans published in July, just before the changeover to the new government led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

There is already a good range of evidence from several countries that alcohol interlocks cut reoffending rates both during and after participation in a rehabilitation programme.  ETSC published a review of current approaches in a 2016 report in association with the Netherlands Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV).

One UK police force has been running a voluntary trial of alcohol interlocks since last year.

Data published earlier this year showed that UK drink-driving deaths in 2017 were at their highest since 2009.

ETSC’s founding UK member PACTS has also been asked to carry out a review of current drink-driving policy in the UK as part of the government’s latest proposals.

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