The Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving and You: A Winning Combination

This year marks the seventh anniversary of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.  Thank you to all of MADD’s volunteers, victim/survivors and supporters for helping to make it the premier grassroots campaign in the nation.   

The Campaign was built on MADD’s prior research-based successes, including advocating for a national .08 BAC standard.  It supports high visibility law enforcement efforts to deter drunk driving, seeks to ensure all convicted drunk drivers receive an ignition interlock device, and supports the development of new technologies like DADSS (Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety) that will one day stop drunk drivers from starting vehicles. 

Thanks to your support, we’ve made tremendous progress in the fight against drunk driving. Today we can celebrate that:

  • Seventeen states now require interlocks for all DUI offenders, up from only one state in 2006.
  • Over 100 million people are now protected by these lifesaving interlock laws.
  • Research and development funding for the DADSS project has been doubled from $10 million to just over $20 million.
  • The U.S. Congress has passed legislation authorizing and funding all components of the Campaign. Learn more here.
  • NHTSA, the NFL, the NTSB, AAA, and every other major safety group have now endorsed the components of the campaign, including interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers (.08 and above) and funding for the technologies that will eliminate drunk driving.
  • 3,600 fewer people were killed in 2011 than when we startedthe Campaign in 2006.

The Campaign was created to eliminate drunk driving in America, and as you can see it’s working.  We are keeping our eye on the prize: a nation where drunk driving exists only in the history books. 

Your support has made this possible. You and others in the MADD family have sent tens of thousands of emails to federal and state legislators that have helped sway opinions and save lives.  Your unwavering support of MADD keeps us going every day.  But our work is not done yet, and we plan to stay focused and reach our goal to rid our nation of this violent crime, until there are no more future victims. 

Check out what you’ve helped accomplish:

If your state doesn’t yet have an interlock law, let your legislators know what you think here.