Implementing an interlock program

Guthrie, Diane, Freeman, James E., Kurjan, Rosa, & Armstrong, Kerry A. (2001) Implementing an interlock program. In Alcotest 7110 User Conference, 16-17 November 2001, Melbourne, Victoria.


On February 12, 2001, the first Australian Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program to be administered through the judicial system was launched in Queensland. Previous government trials of the use of Interlocks have been undertaken in South Australia and New South Wales and focused, primarily, on administration and technical issues to determine the viability of interlocks as a sentencing option. To date, South Australia is the only state that has Interlock-specific legislation while Victoria is currently drafting such legislation. The preferred program model in both states involves the transport authority as the entity responsible for program delivery/regulation.
In Queensland, the Interlock Program forms part of a probation order offered to repeat (drink-driving) offenders. Framed within existing provisions in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, the Interlock probation order (referred to as Under the Limit 2) has two components. The order requires the offender to (a) undertake a drink driving education course (Under the Limit) during the period of licence suspension and, on re-licensing, (b) drive only an Interlock-fitted vehicle for a period of time specified by the Magistrate.

The Queensland Interlock program is a secondary prevention measure combining both a Case Management and a driver control approach. The Case Management component (involving Under the Limit and Community Corrections supervision) seeks to address offending attitudes and behaviour while the Interlock component operates as a control on driving behaviour. In addition, the Interlock component provides the offender with an opportunity to apply insights and strategies gained from the Under the Limit course to the driving context.

Initially, the Queensland Program is restricted to specific courts in the greater Brisbane area while it is subject to a three-year process and outcome evaluation study conducted by Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (CARRS-Q). Thus, Magistrates in certain South-East Queensland courts now have, in addition to the usual penalties of fines, license suspension and imprisonment, an additional option when sentencing a drink-driving offender.
To come this far in the implementation of a judicial Interlock Program, CARRS-Q has worked closely for over two years with a multi-sectoral team to develop the necessary frameworks and protocols. The team has included Dräger Australia Pty Ltd and the Motor Accident Insurance Commission as industry partners, a number of government agencies and statutory bodies (including Corrections, Transport, Police, Justice and Attorney General) and a peak motoring consumer body (RACQ). The breadth of collaboration reflects the scope of issues that need to be addressed in developing and implementing an Interlock Program.

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ID Code: 11661
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: alcohol ignition interlock, road safety, drink drivers, drunk drivers
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Correctional Theory Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation (160202)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:52

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