Alcohol interlock rehabilitation programme in Austria

Category: Safety

Alcohol interlocks has launched in Austria as a voluntary rehabilitation programme for drink driving offenders. It had good trial runs in 2012 and 2013.

If convicted drink drivers wanted to drive, they can enter the scheme, but they need to complete at least half of their driving ban period (subject to a minimum of four months). The programme, which launched in September, is the first to require participants to meet regularly with a mentor.
Data from the devices will be monitored and violations can lead to exclusion from the scheme. For the duration of their participation drivers will receive a temporary driving license with the EU code 69.

Of all drink driving offenders, 27% continue to drive despite having their license revoked. Participants must pay for the installation, rental and removal of the interlock device as well as the mentoring sessions.


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