MADD Ignition Interlock Report 2016 - page 3

THIS HAND-HELD DEVICE WILL STOP A DRIVER
FROM STARTING HIS OR HER VEHICLE IF
ALCOHOL IS DETECTED. MADD IS CONFIDENT
THAT AN IGNITION INTERLOCK IS THE SAFEST,
MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO STOP A DRUNK
DRIVERFROMBECOMINGAREPEATOFFENDER.
Drunk driving continues to be the leading killer on our
nation’s roadways, despite a dramatic shift in social
attitudes and tougher laws enacted since the founding
of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) more than
35 years ago.
Today, the technology exists that can stop this
completely preventable, violent crime. Ignition
interlocks — cell phone-size devices installed in the
vehicles of drunk driving offenders — take the decision
to drive drunk out of the hands of the driver. If the
device detects alcohol on the driver’s breath, the car
will not start.
Across the nation,
ignition interlocks have prevented
1.77 million attempts to drive drunk
.
This data,
provided by 11 major ignition interlock companies,
illustrates the dangerous rate at which drunk driving
offenders continue to make the reckless decision to
drink and drive, even after they have been caught.
These alarming numbers reinforce MADD’s belief
that every drunk driving offender should use an
ignition interlock before regaining unrestricted driving
privileges. No other option available today — be it
DUI court, treatment programs, license suspension,
monitoring devices or twice-daily alcohol testing
or alcohol ankle bracelets — can physically block
an offender from operating his or her vehicle after
consuming alcohol. That’s why MADD believes every
option for treatment and rehabilitation should include
an ignition interlock requirement to allow the offender
to safely travel without putting others or themselves
at risk.
It’s time to take action now.
MADD urges every state
to require ignition interlocks for anyone who seeks
driving privileges after a drunk driving offense. For the
25 states that have these laws in place, there is always
room to evaluate and improve laws to make sure
every drunk driver installs an ignition interlock during
a license suspension period. All-offender ignition
interlock laws are endorsed by the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, National Transportation
Safety Board, Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, AAA and every other major traffic safety
organization. Even segments of the alcohol industry
have endorsed requiring ignition interlocks for all
convicted drunk drivers.
This report will show how ignition interlocks are saving
lives and will provide MADD’s recommendations
for every state to pass effective, lifesaving ignition
interlock laws.
IT’S TIME TO TAKE ACTION NOW.
• About
one-third
of all drivers
arrested or convicted of drunk
driving are repeat offenders
• On average, a drunk driver has
driven drunk
80 times
before a
first arrest
• 50-75 percent
of convicted drunk
drivers will continue to drive even
on a suspended license
• Each day, people drive drunk
almost
300,000 times
, but fewer
than
4,000
are arrested
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