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.