chapter  6
28 Pages

Evaluation of the California Ignition Interlock Pilot Program: A Policy Experiment

Policy researchers occasionally have an opportunity to participate directly

in the policy process by evaluating an explicitly experimental policy. This

case study is the result of a pilot program or experiment mandated by the

California state legislature.* However, it also involves government agen­

cies from every level in the U.S. intergovernmental system. The experi­

ment was to test the effectiveness of a high-tech device that, when in­

stalled in the vehicle of a convicted drunk driver, would prevent its

operation by the driver if he or she had recently consumed alcohol.