Yesterday, MADD National President Jan Withers presented before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in support of MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®. At the forum, MADD called on the NTSB to update its Most Wanted list (recommendations the NTSB makes to state and federal governments about traffic safety) with the following recommendations:
- Every state should adopt a law requiring ALL convicted drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock device.
- Judges should order every convicted drunk driver to use an ignition interlock device.
- Expedite research and development of advanced alcohol detection technology.
- Every state should conduct lifesaving sobriety checkpoints.
- Support continued national high-visibility enforcement campaigns.
Current NTSB drunk driving recommendations, issued in 2000, are based on addressing "hard core" DUI offenders, or those arrested with a BAC of .15 or higher, or repeat offenders. However, research has proven that those laws are much less effective than laws that target all DUI offenders. IIHS found that focus on these higher-risk offenders could save 158 lives per year, whereas all offender interlock laws could save more than 1,000 lives per year and advanced technology could save almost 9,000 lives per year.
We are excited to be able to work with the NTSB and other traffic safety leaders to eliminate drunk driving through the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.
View photos from yesterday’s event from NTSB.