Female impaired driver study coming

January 2011 news release by The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) announces that it has been contracted by The Century Council to conduct a study on female impaired driving offenders.

The objective of this project is to develop a brief knowledge transfer document to share current research and strategies for dealing with this population with front line criminal justice practitioners. The goals of the document are to: briefly summarize the state-of-knowledge regarding female impaired drivers, highlight the types of programs and sentencing alternatives that are currently available for female offenders, and to summarize research relating to the effectiveness of programs/sanctions/treatment options for women, including those that are gender sensitive.

The study involves a literature review and a survey of available programs and practices. The main focus of the survey will be available programs for female impaired drivers across the United States and in other select countries. The program survey will also examine whether available programs have been evaluated; and if so, results of such evaluations that are in the public domain will be included in the work. This project may also include a select number of focus groups with female impaired drivers to gauge their experiences.

It is anticipated that this project will be completed at the end of 2011. TurnersTips will let you know the results once they have been compiled.