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The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

Together, the Community Guide and the Clinical Guide provide evidence-based recommendations across the prevention spectrum.

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Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention: Reducing Alcohol-Impaired Driving

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The reviewed interventions aim to reduce alcohol-impaired driving and related deaths and injuries. Approaches include legislation and policy strategies, sobriety checkpoints, and school-based programs among others.

Task Force Recommendations and Findings

This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review. These reviews were led by scientists in the Community Guide and CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention.

0.08% Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Laws Recommended
August 2000
Lower BAC Laws for Young or Inexperienced Drivers Recommended
June 2000
Maintaining Current Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) Laws Recommended
August 2000
Publicized Sobriety Checkpoint Programs Recommended
August 2012
Mass Media Campaigns Recommended
June 2002
Multicomponent Interventions with Community Mobilization Recommended
June 2005
Ignition Interlocks Recommended
April 2006
School-Based Programs
Instructional Programs Recommended
October 2003
Peer Organizing Interventions Insufficient Evidence
October 2003
Social Norming Campaigns Insufficient Evidence
October 2003
Designated Driver Promotion Programs
Incentive Programs Insufficient Evidence
October 2003
Population-Based Campaigns Insufficient Evidence
October 2003

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

Lowering Legal Blood Alcohol Limits Saves Lives Adobe PDF File [PDF - 557 kB]

Slides and Presentations

Using Evidence for Public Health Decision Making: Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention Adobe PDF File [PDF - 320 kB]
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Public Health Grand Rounds: The Science Base for Prevention of Injury and Violence External Web Site Icon
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Promotional Materials

Community Guide News: Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Publicized Sobriety Checkpoints to Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving
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Community Guide News: From Research to Policy: Lessons from a Community Guide Review on Alcohol-Impaired Driving Laws
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Community Guide News: Multicomponent Interventions with Community Mobilization Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving
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Media Outreach

CDC Press Release: Ignition Interlocks Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving External Web Site Icon
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CDC Newsroom Formatted Article: Ignition Interlocks – A Proven Means for Preventing Impaired Driving Re-Arrests Adobe PDF File [PDF - 161 kB] External Web Site Icon
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One Pagers

Publicized Sobriety Checkpoint Programs Adobe PDF File [PDF - Size 452 kB]

What Works – Fact Sheets

What Works: Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention – brochure and insert Adobe PDF File [PDF - Size 921 kB]

Archived Reviews

Access summaries, supporting materials, and publications from previous reviews.


Related Topics

Preventing Excessive Alcohol Consumption




Disclaimer

The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.

Sample Citation

The content of publications of the Guide to Community Preventive Services is in the public domain. Citation as to source, however, is appreciated. Sample citation: Guide to Community Preventive Services. Motor vehicle-related injury prevention: reducing alcohol-impaired driving. www.thecommunityguide.org/mvoi/AID/index.html. Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.