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Federal Spending Bill Boosts MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving
By MADD | March 21, 2013| 13 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving , General

MADD is pleased to announce that Congress has provided full federal funding for the three components of MADD’s Campaign. We couldn’t have done this without the voices of MADD supporters across the country who have been emailing and calling Congress ever since our National Conference Lobby Day in September. Your voices have paid off and will lead to a nation without drunk driving.

The spending bill allows over $50 million for aspects of the Campaign, including:

  • $29 million for three annual high visibility “crackdowns.”  Two of these crackdowns are the twice yearly Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns, which are key to supporting law enforcement efforts to keep drunk drivers off the road.  The other is for Click It or Ticket, the seat belt campaign, which also helps reduce drunk driving fatalities, since a seat belt is the best defense against a drunk driver.
  • $20 million dollars for states that pass an all-offender ignition interlock law.  Right now, 17 states require interlocks for all offenders.  These lifesaving devices reduce drunk driving by two-thirds while on offenders’ vehicles.  This funding, through incentive grants, will encourage more states to save lives with interlocks.
  • $5 million dollars for advanced anti-drunk driving technology.  The advanced technology project, known as the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS, is part of a cooperative agreement between federal government and the world’s leading automotive companies.  This is the technology that will eventually eliminate drunk driving by making cars that will fail to operate if the driver is impaired.  This funding will aid this vital research.

Grants will also be available to states to address other key areas of highway safety, including distracted driving, occupant protection, motorcycle safety, traffic records and improving graduated driver licensing laws.

We thank you for your support and ask that you join us to celebrate another milestone in our efforts to eliminate drunk driving, once and for all.



Submitted by fix it really at 04:27 PM on November 21, 2013
Want to really solve drunk driving? invest in projects like self driving vehicles and public transportation. There will still be drunk driving with this expenditure of money. Want to really solve the problem? Figure out how to get people around without them having to drive themselves. Even if alcohol is taken on, there are other drugs that are going to continue to screw up peoples' ability to drive. Solve the problem by solving the underlying need in a more powerful way (their need to get around) and through this, have a safer community. Let he without sin casth the first stone.
Submitted by TigerLily at 10:06 AM on October 29, 2013
While drunk driving averages 25 deaths per day; deadly doctors are killing almost twice that many people EACH HOUR OF EACH DAY. Where's Mothers Against Deadly Doctors?
Submitted by James at 12:15 AM on June 24, 2013
Overall, how much money do federal and state governments spend trying to prevent drunk driving?
Submitted by Step at 09:48 AM on April 18, 2013
Wondering why it hasn't already happened that new cars are equipped with this life saving device. I do not have a tragic story to tell of the death of a love my but my concern is for ALL people on the roads who are in danger of being hit and or killed by a drunk driver. I live in a town where every traffic offense is served through the ASAP, I was sent there to do community service for a speeding ticket to keep it off my driving record I did not appreciate being involved with the people who are there for much more harsh offenses. But there i learned alot about the program and it seems to be all about collecting money from the offender, not trying to save lives by keeping the offender off the roads. I know these devices cost to operate but I found they collect a very large sum just to have the device monitored by them that consist of electronic messaging. Don't get me wrong I'm not against the device just the opposite, I agree 100 percent,I just think it needs to be handled differently.
Submitted by susie at 06:27 PM on April 7, 2013
It is sickening that these devices aren't mandatory with the number of lives ruined and destroyed by drunk drivers.
Submitted by Star1968 at 10:06 AM on April 5, 2013
In 1976 I was hit by a drunk drive. He ran but later was found. He already had 15 DWI's. I got a lawyer to stop him doing this to anyone else. I suffered for 6 months. I did survive. Most do not. When it came time for court the officer was not there. So they could do nothing. that should be stopped. Also later he went from North Carolina to New York and my lawyer said he could not do anything.That has been over 30 years now. SO WHAT HAS CHANGED.??
Submitted by Bob at 09:26 AM on April 5, 2013
Funding of $50 million is very helpful for MADD but when you think of the $300-500 million given to Planned Parenthood, who in '08-'09 performed over 300,000 abortions. Need I say more? On one hand we are trying to avoid the death of young people and on the other we are killing the youngest of our nation for expendiency. God have mercy on a nation that cares so little about life that comes from His Heart. God bless those of you who are trying to help young people make wise choices and become responsible adults.
Submitted by GailColorado at 06:01 AM on April 5, 2013
I agree with JOECOLORADO. My daughter was killed because an unlicensed, repeat drunk driver drove a friends car. I know it would be costly, but it would save many lives and prevent injuries if every car was equipped with the technology not to start if the driver is intoxicated. I also agree that the crackdowns are needed and more of them should take place throughout the year. MADD, thank you for all that you do...It has been a blessing to have the support and to have MADD as a resource throughout our horrific journey.
Submitted by In my daughter's memory at 08:46 PM on April 4, 2013
On one of the most tranquil, warm early June evenings in 2007, my loving, devoted mother of two incredible children, ages 9 and 13, was returning home from getting a burger and drink at a nearby fast food store. A lifelong repeat drunk driver took her life. I've been working with local lawmakers since that time. I am fully supportive of the local law proposal of ignition interlocks for first time offenders. But I get so many false promises! It's tragedy! They don't seem to care, at all. Meanwhile, I have suggested lots of ideas to combat this crime. Lots of applause. Not much action!What am I missing? Ed Rogerwick (732) 431-4489
Submitted by SmokeyG at 06:16 PM on April 4, 2013
For all of the money spent trying to keep individuals from drinking alcohol and driving over the years, all of the lives that have been lost and families torn apart, the beer, wine and spirits industry continues to flourish. Drinking and driving continues regardless the number of so called "treatment programs" alcoholics have been through. The treatment programs work no better than AA as far as total numbers of entries and long-term positive results. Throwing money into scare tactics, and gadgets to stop the alcoholic from driving have been, are, and will continue to be a waste of time and money. The alcoholics will still drink and kill. Ineffective treatment is the problem. Alcoholism is a disease that is treatable when properly treated. That requires a highly individualized, science based treatment program having at least a two year continuing care and relapse prevention component. Nothing else will work.
Submitted by Grandma at 03:54 PM on March 25, 2013
Want to drink & drive - just get arrested in Howard County, MD. Today the court decided to defer sentencing till July for my granddaughter's father. He was told if he completes an alcohol program, he will receive a PBJ. This is his 3rd DUI/DWI. In March 2008 he was charged with DWI. IN July of that year the case was Nolle Pros. ( the arresting officer was deployed to Iraq) On Superbowl Sunday 2012 he crashed his car,arrested with multiple charges including DWI , pled guilty and was fined only. Arrested again 3 months layer (May 2012). Again multiple charges including DWI & eluding police. Arrested again November 2012 - driving on suspended license. Now today he is told he'll get PBJ if he attends ETOH program. Are we waiting for him to kill my granddaughter? How can anyone possibly be surprised that deaths associated with drunk driving are on the rise in Maryland. Shame on this officer of the court.
Submitted by maddmomma at 02:27 PM on March 21, 2013
Hard work pays off..
Submitted by JoeColorado at 10:20 AM on March 21, 2013
I am disappointed. More money should be going to the DADSS technology project. After all, drivers who have been convicted of driving while intoxicated can still drive a vehicle which has not been equipped with an ignition interlock law (either by borrowing, theft or some other means). I applaud the crackdowns--more of these should take place throughout the year.

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