New federal legislation was introduced on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The proposed law was presented by Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY). This law would require that states require all convicted drunk driving offenders to install an ignition interlock for a minimum of six months for all convicted drunk drivers.
More than 10,000 people die each year due to a drunk driver, said Congresswoman Lowey. “In addition to the enormous emotional toll, drunk driving costs taxpayers $132 billion each year. We know interlocks work and it’s time for every state to adopt this lifesaving measure.”
Did you know that the average drunk driver has driven drunk 87 times before being caught? Yep, think about that. I’m praying that this bill is passed and that drinking and driving will finally be taken more seriously.
The following is from MADD.ORG/Blog/
Representative Nita Lowey introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would push states to require the use of ignition interlock devices for a minimum of six months for all convicted drunk driving offenders. States that fail to comply would face a reduction in federal transportation funding.
The bill is called “Alisa’s Law,” in honor of the daughter of MADD National President Jan Withers. Yesterday would have been Alisa’s 38th birthday had her life not been tragically cut short by a drunk driver when she was just 15.
If passed, this legislation would represent a significant milestone for MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®. When the Campaign was launched in 2006, New Mexico was the only state to require all convicted drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock. Today, 24 states have passed similar legislation, and California instituted a pilot program that covers over 13 million people. The most recent count shows that over 300,000 interlocks are installed in the United States.
Every major traffic safety organization including the National Transportation Safety Board and AAA has endorsed the concept. As part of the MAP-21 surface transportation bill, Congress approved an ignition interlock incentive grant program to give financial incentives to states which pass all offender interlock legislation. Alisa’s Law is the next major step towards a nation without drunk driving, a crime that still causes almost one-out-of three highway deaths.
MADD thanks Congresswoman Lowey for her leadership to help eliminate drunk driving.
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