As a supporter of MADD, I was elated to read about the progress of 2014 MADD Campaign to Elimate Drunk Driving. 2014 has been a very successful year so far by getting new legislation passed to help protect our loved ones from drunk driving.
Four states – Alabama, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Delaware – have passed all offender ignition interlock laws this year! In addition, laws requiring interlocks for first-time offenders with a BAC of .15 or higher were passed in South Carolina and in Rhode Island.
In Kansas, you helped us get the sunset clause on their current interlock law eliminated, which will means interlocks for all offenders will be a permanent law in Kansas. In West Virginia, a new law that strengthened the states’ all offender law and closed some administrative and technical loopholes. And finally, in Connecticut, a new law passed that makes the state truly all offender.
And we’re not done yet. We are still working hard in several other states to get laws passed this year, including New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. If you live in one of these states, click here to email your lawmakers in support of lifesaving interlock legislation.
The passage of ignition interlock laws is a key element of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®. Requiring all convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlocks to prove they are sober before they can start their vehicles has been shown to save lives and stop drunk driving. Click here to learn more about ignition interlocks
We are now one step closer to our vision of a nation without drunk driving!