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A Victory for the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving
By MADD | June 27, 2013| 3 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Today, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees reported out a bill that includes vital funding for the nation’s top drunk driving prevention programs in 2014.  

The bill includes $29 million for high visibility law enforcement efforts and ensures that two drunk driving crackdowns will occur, as well as one mobilization on seat belt use.  These successful campaigns are crucial to enforcing drunk driving laws and encouraging the public to buckle up.

They also fully funded research for the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS.  This funding, over $5 million for the year, will continue the research and development of advanced vehicle technology, which holds the promise of one day saving more than 7,000 lives a year by making sure that cars can’t be driven drunk.  You can learn more about DADSS here.

The committees also approved $20 million to encourage states to pass all-offender ignition interlock laws.  Currently, 18 states require all drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock in order to regain driving privileges following a DUI conviction.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown that these laws are effective in reducing drunk driving deaths, reducing future drunk driving offenses by two-thirds on average.  You can learn more about interlocks here.

All told, these actions have once again given a green light to the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.  We’d like to thank Subcommittee Chairman Tom Latham, Ranking Member Ed Pastor, as well as Full Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and Ranking Member Nita Lowey in the House.  In the Senate, MADD thanks Subcommittee Chairman Patty Murray, Ranking Member Susan Collins and Full Committee Chairman Barbara Mikulski and Vice Chairman Richard Shelby.  

We’d also like to thank you for your tireless advocacy to help prevent drunk driving.  Together, we are making a difference!

If you’d like to help make even more of a difference, please visit our legislative advocacy section so you can email your legislators about other lifesaving initiatives.


   

Comments

Submitted by Constitutionman at 10:23 AM on July 18, 2013
According to the 2009 FBI report in the state of California and NC there was over 400,000 people who was convicted of DUI's. After further research I found that less than 2200 people who died with a .02+ BAC levels, in their system, in the same two states. So the average person convicted of DUI pays around $2000 in fines and penalties, this does not include time lost at work, legal fees, nor does it figure in how many people that have been affected by 1 persons DUI conviction. So this shows that $800,000,000 of revenue have been lost in just 2 states. Some have lost jobs, houses, and have been forced on welfare. See I can show you that your efforts to attack other Americans for just trying to exorcize their pursuit of happiness but the saddest thing of all is; with all your lobbying$ and judgmental activities none of you can show me one name or one life that you have saved. I hope you MADD mothers could spend some time defending our constitution and the people of the world that have been killed and displaced from our foreign policies... to the American assassinations of American citizens (I.E. a 16 yr old boy from Colorado) and the human rights violations that our government does in our name. Remember what Ben Franklin had warned us so many years ago, "Those who would give up essential liberties for temporary safety, will end up with neither." Sincerely, Constitutionalman.
Submitted by jo at 05:20 PM on July 10, 2013
Why do we need this when cops are already doing this stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WX6_QWieZlU
Submitted by *ANGEL* at 05:54 PM on July 2, 2013
LIFE IS SO VERY *PRECIOUS* WE DO OUR BEST TO SAVE LIVES.

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