In 1997, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility first released a comprehensive resource and launched its initiative to address the hardcore drunk driver problem in this country. The National Hardcore Drunk Driver Project was based on sound research and alarming statistics, and has called for a comprehensive approach based on swift identification, certain punishment, and effective treatment for drunk drivers who drive at high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels (.15 or above), do so repeatedly as demonstrated by having more than one drunk driving arrest, and are highly resistant to changing their behavior despite previous sanctions, treatment, or education efforts. At the national level, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility supports MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, along with the National Transportation Safety Board, AAA, Nationwide Insurance, and the National District Attorney's Association, comprise the Coalition to Fight Hardcore Drunk Driving that supports state legislative proposals to enact comprehensive and effective solutions to the hardcore drunk driving problem. (You can learn more about the National Hardcore Drunk Driver Project here).  

In 2007 60% of drivers involved in alcohol-related traffic fatalities, where there is a known alcohol test result for the driver, involved a high BAC driver at .15 or above. Furthermore, drivers with a BAC of .15 or higher are 380 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a non-drinking driver.

Unfortunately, no single tactic, alone, will solve the complex problem of drunk driving.  However, research shows that the alcohol ignition interlock device is effective in preventing drunk driving while installed on the vehicle, and when the device is used in combination with treatment and with other sanctions as appropriate. Unfortunately, the public is not familiar with ignition interlocks and much of the research regarding the performance of these devices is not well known outside of the traffic safety community.

With this in mind, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility released "Ignition Interlocks: What you should know," a comprehensive resource outlining what ignition interlocks are and how and where they are being used, and their effectiveness. We hope that this information will be helpful in providing information on the ignition interlock tool and its effect on helping to eliminate drunk driving crashes.