Yale conference to explore potential of technology to stop drunk driving

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The Yale Center for Injury Prevention and Control Research is hosting the 2013 Southern CT Conference on the Prevention of Alcohol Impaired Driving: the Crossroads of Technology and Practice this Thursday, March 28th from 8-3:30.   

Among the topics will be emerging technologies like cars that have fully integrated, advanced alcohol detection devices (in collaboration with major automobile manufacturers) and established technologies like transdermal bracelets that monitor for alcohol on the skin of the wearer.

In addition to enforcement and detection technology, speakers will address issues relevant to impaired driving prevention including peer education, public policy, and community resources that aim to create a population of conscientious, safe drivers.

The conference will conclude with a tour of the Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile (BAT Mobile), a mobile unit outfitted with field sobriety testing equipment that delivers on-the-spot breathalyzers, containment, and other screening to people suspected of driving under the influence.

Keynote presentations will be delivered by Anne McCartt, Senior Vice President for Research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and James Fell, Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE).

Additional speakers include the New Haven Police Department, the Connecticut Department of Transportation, Yale University, Yale-New Haven Trauma Center, MADD, University of New Haven, Preusser Research Group, and Madison Alcohol and Drug Education Coalition.

The Yale Center for Injury Prevention and Control Research is housed in Yale’s Department of Emergency Medicine and headed by injury prevention and health disparities researcher, Dr. Federico Vaca. The conference is supported in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the Yale Department of Emergency Medicine, and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Click here to register for the conference on March 28, 8:00-3:30

300 George Street
1st Floor Auditorium Room 157
New Haven, CT

This Article was submitted by Simone Schneegans, on Monday, March 25, 2013.