Senate Legislation Moves U.S. Closer to Eliminating Drunk Driving

MADD applauds Senator Frank Lautenberg for reintroducing the Drunk Driving Repeat Offender Prevention (DDROP) Act of 2013 – legislation that would push states to require an ignition interlock for a minimum of six months for all drunk driving offenders.  States that fail to comply with this mandate would face a reduction in their federal transportation funding if they do not change their laws by 2016.

This bill would make a significant impact on the overall success of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®,as the use of ignition interlocks for first time offenders will help to reduce repeat offenses and save lives. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that ignition interlocks, on average, reduce drunk driving recidivism by 67 percent compared to license suspension alone. License suspension with no interlock requirement is not the best approach as 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.

MADD has worked side by side with Senator Lautenberg in his efforts to reduce drunk driving and underage drinking through a series of legislative victories. Senator Lautenberg has been a national leader in the passage of other federal legislation against drunk driving, including the law to lower the legal blood alcohol limit to .08 in all 50 states and the law that established a national legal drinking age of 21.

Thank you, Senator Lautenberg, and bill cosponsor Senator Tom Udall, for helping to eliminate drunk driving by reintroduce the DDROP Act. 

You can help save lives by emailing your lawmakers and asking them to support the DDROP Act: