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The Feasibility of Voluntary Ignition Interlocks as a Prevention Strategy for Young Drivers
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    Young drivers in the United States are at greater risk for alcohol-related crash deaths than any other age group of drivers in the general population. Though efforts have been made to reduce drinking and driving among young drivers (especially teens), there has been only limited progress. One innovative possibility that has not yet been tried for most young drivers is the implementation of a voluntary alcohol ignition interlock program as a preventative approach. The objective of this study was to examine the feasibility of a voluntary ignition interlock program for young drivers as a prevention measure. Feasibility here implies the acceptability of ignition interlocks to parents and their teenage and young adult children and the extent to which ignition interlock providers are willing to accommodate this at-risk population. This study involved free-flowing discussions conducted in 2010 with a select number of ignition interlock manufacturers and service providers, insurance companies, and representatives of community groups. Additionally, informal meetings were held with a select number of parents, teens and young adults to gain their input on the development of such a program. Finally, ignition interlock recorder data (which included voluntary and involuntary users age 16 to 26 years old) were examined, and an independently conducted web survey with parents of voluntary users and voluntary users themselves was administered and analyzed. The information was used to help assess the extent to which ignition interlock vendors, insurance companies, and community groups may be willing to become involved in a voluntary program, what is needed to recruit participants (teenagers, young adults and their parents) into such a program and, ultimately, the feasibility and acceptability of a voluntary ignition interlock program for young drivers.

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