Sweet 16


On Thursday, Virginia Governor, Bob McDonnell, signed a new ignition interlock bill, making Virginia the 16th state to require ignition interlock devices for all convicted drunk drivers.  Thank you to Governor McDonnell and the bill’s sponsor, Delegate Salvatore Iaquinto for recognizing the impact that ignition interlocks can have on the safety of our roads.

Currently, 16 states and a California pilot program require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers—Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New York, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

Ignition Interlock devices are a key component of the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®.  After passing laws requiring ignition interlock devices for all offenders in Oregon and Arizona, those states saw drunk driving deaths decrease by 52 and 51 percent, respectively.  Read more about ignition interlock devices.

Thank you, Virginia, for getting MADD to sweet 16!

We look forward to the day when all 50 states pass similar lifesaving legislation.  Here is how you can help make that happen:

  1. Contact your state legislators if your state does not require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
  2. Make a donation to help MADD push for stronger laws in legislatures all around the county.
  3. Help turn cars into the cure for drunk driving by contacting your federal legislators and asking them to cosponsor the ROADS SAFE act.


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