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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Mothers Against Drunken Driving Calls for Emerging Vehicle Technology to Help Stop Drunk Driving

National Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving Has Helped to Pass Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device Laws for Convicted Drunk Drivers

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognizes that current and emerging vehicle technologies play a huge part in reducing drunk driving. As part of their Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, MADD is calling for the utmost use of present alcohol ignition interlock technologies, which are proven to prevent convicted drunk drivers from being able to drive while inebriated. The organization is also calling for the exploration of advanced vehicle technologies.

Since MADD launched the campaign in 2006, they have worked in nationwide to pass laws that require all first-time drunk driving lawbreakers to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles—and have been victorious in many states. Last year MADD also sponsored an International Technology Symposium where leaders and experts from around the world in the field of vehicle technology came together to explore the role of technology in controlling and even eradicating drunk driving.

Recently, at the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) Conference, MADD joined many of those same global leaders and experts to discuss current and emerging technologies, and strategies to ensure safer roads for everyone. As part of the conference, the 8th Annual Ignition Interlock Symposium is being held where this proven-effective technology will be discussed in-depth. MADD's CEO will also speak to these world leaders about the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving and request their input and support.

Before the ICADTS conference, MADD participated in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Ignition Interlock and Judicial Summit. Judicial leaders and other experts talked about the effectiveness of ignition interlocks in helping to eliminate drunk driving and how to make sure that ignition interlocks are placed on the vehicles of all convicted drunk drivers.

For more information about MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving and how current and emerging technology will help MADD achieve its goal of eliminating drunk driving, visit

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