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Maine Passes Lifesaving Interlock Legislation
By MADD | July 2, 2013| 2 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Maine Governor Paul LaPage recently signed into law lifesaving legislation that highly incentivizes the use of ignition interlocks for all first-time convicted drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater.  With the passage of this law, Maine joins 19 other states that have passed all-offender ignition interlock legislation, bringing the total number of people now protected from repeat drunk driving offenders to more than 115 million.

Beginning December 1, 2013, a first-time offender in Maine can either choose a six-month license suspension with no driving privileges, or a 30-day license suspension followed by five months on an ignition interlock. 

Requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers is a key element of MADD’sCampaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®,as studies show that a first-time convicted drunk driver is not a first-time offender, but rather it is simply the first time they have been caught. In fact, first-time offenders have driven drunk an average of 80 times before they are arrested.

This is a great day for the people of Maine, who will now be safer on their roadways, and a great day for MADD as we are now one step closer to the passage of legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted offenders at .08 BAC or greater in every state.

 

Read the full press release | Status of State Ignition Interlock Laws

 


   

Comments

Submitted by Ross at 10:31 AM on December 8, 2013
@JOHN MCCREADY Of course it is impossible to completely eliminate DUIs, and I'm sure MADD recognizes this. Their campaign's goal is to minimize DUIs and DUI recidivism as much as possible. Repossession of a DUI offender's vehicle is ridiculously disproportionate to the crime committed, as a loss of a vehicle can compromise one's job, family, and other responsibilities. Alcohol ignition interlock devices lower DUI recidivism by 67%, which is a huge amount, and it is cheap and likely to pass. It would be foolish for them to throw their support and money behind legislation that is unlikely to pass even with their help.
Submitted by John McCready at 02:08 PM on August 1, 2013
MADD will NEVER be in favor of "eliminating" DUI's, unless they are calling for the AUTOMATIC FOREFITURE OF A DUI OFFENDERS VEHICLE, upon a DUI conviction! WHY HASN'T MADD CALLED FOR THAT YET?

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