2016 Ignition Interlock Report - Lifesaving Technoloogy

MADD volunteers and staff have logged thousands of hours at state capitols across the nation advocating for ignition interlock laws for all drunk driving offenders ever since we launched the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® in 2006.

MADD knows these in-car devices save lives. To prove it, we did what MADD has done for more than 35 years — we examined the data.

What we found was startling: Ignition interlocks have prevented 1.77 million attempts by a driver to drive with an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

Because these drivers have already been convicted of drinking & driving at least once, the ignition interlock is installed with the understanding that they will not drink and drive again at any BAC level.
Yet, interlock-restricted drivers have been stopped nearly 12.7 million times with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .025 or higher.

These numbers highlight three facts at the core of MADD’s Campaign:

  1. Drunk driving offenders MUST be monitored before receiving unrestricted driving privileges.
  2. Simply trusting an offender to honor a license suspension does NOT protect the public. 
  3. Ignition interlocks do what NO OTHER alcohol program can — block drunk drivers from starting their vehicles and using them as deadly weapons.

This report shows the alarming number of prevented drunk driving attempts — broken down by state — and recommends how every state can improve their ignition interlock laws to better protect the public from this completely preventable, violent crime.

Twenty-five states have ignition interlock laws that apply to all drunk driving offenders. States like Arizona and West Virginia have seen a reduction in drunk driving fatalities of 50 and 40 percent — reductions that are unheard of in traffic safety.

MADD will continue to evaluate and push for stronger laws in every state so more offenders will use interlocks.

In the 25 states that don’t have all-offender ignition interlock laws, MADD calls on legislators to pass these lifesaving laws this year. With nearly 10,000 people killed every year as a result of drunk driving, we must act now to create a nation of No More Victims®.

Read the report here and talk to your legislators about enacting all-offender ignition interlock laws.

San Fran Vigil Honors Victims

Dear MADD Supporter,

While most people have been focusing on San Francisco because of the Super Bowl, I was there the week before the big game for another important gathering… a candlelight vigil honoring and remembering those who lost their lives to drunk and drugged driving.


  Survivor Steve Domenick with MADD National
  President Colleen Sheehey-Church


  MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church
  with local MADD Bay Area team members

  Law enforcement officials remember those lost to
  drunk and drugged driving

  Singer/Songwriter James Nagel performed
  at the Vigil

About 100 people came to the Cliff House, an iconic building on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, to share stories and memories of their loved ones senselessly killed. The historic landmark, where more than 30 ships crashed onto the southern shore of the Golden Gate, seemed a fitting location to honor and remember the
friends and family members we have lost. 

MADD Bay Area Program Director Natasha Thomas, MADD National Board Member Mary Klotzbach, and I told our stories and shared messages of hope with victims, volunteers, the California Highway Patrol, San Francisco Sheriffs, and first responders.

I met a survivor named Steven, who was just seconds from his home when a drunk driver t-boned his car, killing his wife instantly and severely injuring him. After several months of recovery in the hospital, Steven now lives with a traumatic brain injury that will never heal.  He has lost everything in his life that meant anything, but it is his passion for MADD that I will remember.  Steven and his wife will be in my heart forever.

Another experience I will remember for years to come was listening to singer/songwriter James Nagel, a Bay area native whose rendition of “Tears In Heaven” left everyone present a little teary eyed. This event, like so many other events, renewed my commitment to MADD’s mission. I will continue this fight for them and many others until there are NO MORE VICTIMS! That is my promise to you.

Like many MADD affiliates, the San Francisco MADD Bay Area is small, but they are mighty! The hearts and souls of the staff and volunteers are big. Since opening that area, they have made an impact in the area by continually growing the number of victims supported and continuing the mission to end drunk and drugged driving.

I want to thank Domenica Cardenas for her energy in putting the vigil together and giving the final remarks about the love for her Dad, who was killed before Father's Day in 2013 by a drunk driver.

Thank you San Francisco Bay Area......until I see you again....I honor all you do.



Valentine’s Day: Ten Things That Help Heal Your Broken Heart

By Dr. Gloria Horsley, an internationally known grief expert and author. Gloria is the founder of the Open to Hope foundation.  

Be My Valentine! 

Do those three simple words bring a smile to your face? 

They do to mine.  As I look at those words, I think of my first loves.  I believe my very first love memory was that of my mom and me making a heart out of red construction paper and putting a ruffle around it.  

I know you may be dreading Valentine’s Day as it is about love and the heart. Perhaps it simply reminds you of what you have lost.  Your heart has been broken, and I know how it is to have a broken heart.  The question is: how do you begin to mend that heart?  

You may be sitting with that broken heart wondering if, like Humpty Dumpty, you will ever get your heart together again.  You WILL once you realize Humpty Dumpty was a cracked egg, and you are a living being with a heart that can heal.  Yes, the heart is one of the most versatile organs in the body, and it has a great capacity for healing.

This Valentine’s Day is a good time to take care of matters of the heart and start the healing process.  Ask yourself to be Your Favorite Valentine.  

Below are ten things to help you mend your broken heart:

1.    Look at yourself in the mirror and say simply, “I love you.”

2.    Wrap your arms around yourself and give your heart a big hug.

3.    Send someone a Valentine and simply say, “Thinking of you.”

4.    Create your own event and invite a friend to a Valentine’s Day tea, lunch, or dinner.

5.    Make or buy a valentine to share with someone you love.

6.    Make or buy a second valentine for yourself that reads, “From your healing heart. I truly love you. Now and Forever.”  Tape it to your mirror or even better mail it to yourself.

7.    Invite some friends in to make valentines cards.

8.    Buy yourself a red shirt, sweater, or scarf to wear.

9.    Buy yourself, partner, or friend a heart-shaped box of candy.

10.    Most of all, set the intention that you will forgive yourself: “Be Your Own Valentine.”

God Bless, Dr. Gloria

Remember, MADD Victim Services is here to help mend your heart too! 

Last year, MADD provided more than 119,280 supportive services to drunk and drugged driving victims to help them cope.

Call 877.MADD.HELP to speak with a victim advocate, day or night. 

Wishing you and yours a heart-healing Valentine’s Day!

Why We're Here: Cherry Chalker

My life changed forever one day before Valentine’s Day, four days before a trip to my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower, 11 days before a second trip to Las Vegas with my husband, and two months before my brother-in-law’s wedding.

On the afternoon of February 13, 2011, a drunk driver ran a stop sign, crashing broadside into my car, resulting in non-displaced fractures. I spent a little more than eight weeks in a neck brace 24/7.  I was both angry and terrified, yet, I also felt fortunate. I survived. I “walked” away from injuries that should have killed or paralyzed me.  I still suffer from changed sleep patterns and anxiety, and there are some activities I can no longer participate in. 

But I survived.

 The offender received a sentence of 30 days in jail, 45 days mandatory in-patient rehab and 10 years’ probation.  The sentence brought me peace. At the hearing, I told him what he had done – what he’d ripped away from me. I began the healing process.

I have since come to understand that victims of violent crimes can remain stuck in that moment of confrontation. It becomes too easy to allow that moment to consume you and define you.  But that’s just another victory for the drunk.

I realized, if I didn't want that moment to so completely define my life, I must move forward. That meant letting go of whatever negative emotions I held in.  With the support of my victim advocate, Suzette, and by attending support groups, I’ve been able to let go and move forward. I hope that by sharing my story with others, they can do the same.

-Cherry Chalker

Win #DinnerWithDelanie

Imagine kicking off your Super Bowl 50 celebration with a private dinner with one of the National Football League’s top Tight Ends followed by an exclusive, private tour of San Francisco?

You don’t have to imagine.

One lucky person and two of their friends will win #DinnerWithDelanie and an Uber tour of his San Francisco spots with Tennessee Titan Tight End Delanie Walker. To enter, simply sign MADD’s pledge to play the Most Valuable Position in the NFL: The Designated Driver. Visit

MADD, through its partnerships with the NFL and Uber, is working to keep the Super Bowl safe by asking people to plan ahead to have a designated driver.

Sadly, four years ago, Delanie Walker lost two of his strongest supporters – his aunt and uncle – to a drunk driving crash after playing in the 2008 Super Bowl for the San Francisco 49ers. Like thousands of other people, it only took a split second for a reckless decision to irrevocably change his life forever. Nearly 10,000 people are killed in drunk driving crashes every year.

Designating a driver BEFORE the party is one way to lower those statistics and prevent another tragedy.

The winner will be randomly selected from pledges and announced at a press conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 4th. One fan and their lucky friends will claim their prize that evening.

Let’s make Super Bowl 50 the safest one yet!

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