Interlock Enhancement Counseling and Recidivism Reduction

The use of ignition interlock devices as sanctions for driving under the influence (DUI) offenders is widely-used, with much success at reducing DUI recidivism while the interlock is installed. Unfortunately, this effect is not long-lasting, with recidivism rates returning to baseline after the interlock is removed. A promising new approach to standard interlock sanctions is the addition of interlock data-informed counseling, in which offenders’ interlock data is used in some manner to inform treatment. Preliminary indications for interlock data-informed counseling programs appear promising; however, there is much about their effects that is unknown. For this reason, the current project aims to examine the short- and long-term effects of these programs on DUI recidivism, particularly as they compare to standard interlock sanctions. Learning more about the effects of interlock data-informed counseling will be useful to States and local jurisdictions in determining program funding for prevention approaches aimed at reducing driving while intoxicated (DWI) recidivism.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This study is being conducted under the National Cooperative Research and Evaluation Program (NCREP), which is administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and jointly managed by NHTSA and the Governors Highway Safety Association.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $335,240
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590

    Governors Highway Safety Association

    444 N. Capitol Street, NW, Suite 722
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Office of Behavioral Safety Research

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, District of Columbia  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Jeleniewski, Stacy

  • Performing Organizations:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Principal Investigators:

    Jeleniewski, Stacy

  • Start Date: 20191025
  • Expected Completion Date: 20250228
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Alcohol Impaired Driving

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01722706
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH2215V00014, 693JJ922N000036
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 18 2019 4:42PM