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Wednesday, October 08, 2008
MADD Sponsors Interlock Legislation
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently hosted a lobby day at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's Capitol, in partnership with members of Students Against Destructive Decisions, and other advocates, who will gather in the rotunda of our nation's Capitol in support for this new interlock legislation.
The United States is well on its way to reducing repeat drunk driving offenses. Pennsylvania is looking to join a group 14 states that require interlocks for first-time convicted drunk driving offenders. The Keystone state is proposing an interlock bill that would require the breath-testing device on the vehicles of all convicted offenders with previous DUI convictions, or whose prison sentence resulted from a crash that caused property damage, bodily injury, or death.
Over 500 people died on Pennsylvania’s roads in 2007, and thousands were injured, thanks to drunk drivers. House Bill 2019, named "Bradley’s Law" after Bradley Vassallo, a ninth grader from Quakertown, PA, who urged Representative Paul Clymer (R-Bucks County) to sponsor mandatory interlock legislation. What's more, Hollywood Olsen, a 12 year-old victim/survivor, has been vocal in his support for this bill and the use of interlocks to save lives.
As Pennsylvania's law stands now, the use of ignition interlocks is discretionary. Bradley's Law would be a major step forward for Pennsylvania and its residents.
Visit http://www.madd.org/Drunk-Driving/Drunk-Driving/Take-Action.aspx and pledge to support the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving and learn how to contact lawmakers in your state to demand life-saving ignition interlock legislation.
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