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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

MADD’s 2007 State Progress Report Released

Next Year 16 States Will Make Ignition Locks the Law

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently released their 2007 State Progress Report ranking the progress of all 50 states toward eliminating drunk driving. This year's report also contains figures concerning the number of three-and-five time convicted drunk drivers in 22 states. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collected the information in each state that tracked the data.

On U.S. roads today, it is estimated that there are
• 2 million drivers who have been convicted of drunk driving three or more times
• 400,00 of those drivers with five or more drunk driving convictions

These sobering statistics shed light on the catch-and-release nature of drunk driving laws and the need for greater use of alcohol ignition interlocks.

At the moment, 8 states mandate or offer incentives for the use of ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, including first-time convicted offenders at .08 blood alcohol concentration. In 2009, New Mexico, Arizona, Illinois, Louisiana, Washington, Nebraska, Alaska and Colorado either have the law in place or see it go into effect. Even more states have taken steps toward the model law and have passed first-conviction, high-BAC legislation.

The steps each state can take to work toward reducing drunk driving deaths and passing interlock legislation are detailed in The State Progress Report. Though there's still more work to be done, through the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, MADD is committed to making drunk driving a thing of the past.

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