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Senate Legislation Moves U.S. Closer to Eliminating Drunk Driving
By MADD | May 28, 2013| 9 Comments | Filed in: 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:



Submitted by Ray at 06:26 PM on June 12, 2013
I'm surprised mandatory ignition interlock devices haven't become law yet. This is a relatively tame penalty for an offense that can result in manslaughter. In my opinion, personal freedom goes out the window when your recklessness puts my life, as well as my family's and friends' lives in danger.
Submitted by MADD staff at 02:04 PM on June 12, 2013
Bill, thanks for the info about the typos, we apologize for our error. The letters has been updated, but it is still good advice to read through the emails, as well as personalize them before you send.
Submitted by Momboggs at 06:20 AM on June 7, 2013
Lets hope ny approves bill
Submitted by Every life counts at 08:29 PM on June 6, 2013
The truth hurts, God forbid it strikes close to home for you, then maybe you will change your tune.
Submitted by Sane driving at 04:59 PM on June 6, 2013
IT does not matter if it's a first conviction--having to prove he is sober each time he drives is a constant reminder that he could have killed or maimed innocents before. Now we let people with ten or twelve DUIs out on the road again. Do we have to wait till he kills to get him out of a car?
Submitted by JustV at 12:45 PM on June 6, 2013
To Truth Hurts~I bet you won't feel that this is a profit making scheme when a drunk driver hurts or kills someone you love.
Submitted by Bill at 12:31 PM on June 6, 2013
To all who intend to send the MADD message to your Senators and Representatives (as I do): Please DON'T just copy and paste the sample message as is - it's full of typos and awkward prose and will thus likely be taken less seriously. Not the first time a MADD recommended e mail has suffered from these problems.
Submitted by mickey at 11:01 AM on June 6, 2013
I am for it
Submitted by The Truth Hurts at 04:25 AM on May 30, 2013
Above you write that "50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license" but you fail to demonstrate that those drivers are driving impaired. An obvious twisting of facts to support your proposition to require ignition interlock for even first time offences, most of whom are not problem drinkers. Requiring ignition interlocks is nothing but a profit scheme.

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