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Did you take a 10-minute break today? Maybe grab a cup of coffee, check your phone or gather around the metaphorical water cooler?

In 2016, in-car breathalyzers stopped nearly seven drunk driving attempts every 10 minutes — the time it takes for a short coffee break, according to our recently released ignition interlock report. Last year, in-car breathalyzers stopped a total of almost 1,000 attempts to join you on the road every day. That adds up to 348,727 prevented drunk driving attempts prevented in 2016.

That's why we want to extend this protection. This is the last day to see your gift in support of all-offender ignition interlock laws DOUBLED up to $10,000 by a generous donor. That means if 5,000 people give just $5 each, we can more than meet the match.

Already, many people have stood up to demand this lifesaving device. Will you join them today?

We appreciate everything you do in support of MADD. Last year, we passed similar laws in three states and the District of Columbia, exceeding our goal! But we are still losing more than 10,000 people to drunk driving annually.

Will you help us meet our goal of 5,000 $5 gifts during this match campaign?

Ignition interlocks move us closer and closer to a future of No More Victims®. Please join us in demanding interlocks for all drunk drivers in all 50 states.

Everyone at MADD appreciates your support.

 
 


What Makes An Ignition Interlock Different?

Because it STOPS drunk driving.
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Ignition interlocks accomplish what a license suspension and other monitoring technologies cannot – separate drinking from driving.

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Join us to demand this protection across the country.

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All gifts by 03/31 DOUBLED

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It’s a simple equation. Drinking + driving = tragedy.

Offenders don’t seem to understand the problem. Repeat offenses are rampant – six times, nine times, 13 times – and offenders just keep going. And they will until we make them stop.

In-car breathalyzers stop offenders. They stop the destruction and death one person’s choices can inflict on innocent victims. Help us start shifting the numbers to our side. Be one of 5,000. Give $5 to save lives.ignitionsummarylow.png

And here is your opportunity to MULTIPLY the good your gift can do. Every donation this month will be matched, allowing you to advocate TWICE as much for lifesaving interlocks.

Drunk driving killed more than 10,000 people last year, but how much larger would that number be if we didn’t have the protection of the strongest all-offender interlock laws in more than half the country? Thankfully, we don’t have to find out.

If you’ve already donated to MADD, then please know that we greatly appreciate your commitment and dedication to ending drunk driving.
   
 
 


5,000 strong for ignition interlocks

Have you heard about an "in-car breathalyzer"  that drunk driving offenders install in their vehicles that prevents drunk driving? Not some of the time – all of the time. Every time. The vehicle doesn’t move a single inch.

Ignition interlocks, as they are called, have prevented more than 1.77 million drunk driving attempts and are more effective than license suspensions. What we cannot know for sure is how many lives these devices have saved. But if the number is more than one – and we know it is – then MADD is grateful.

Will you join with us today by giving $5? We are asking 5,000 people who believe in a future of No More Victims® to step up to make it happen.

It is heartbreaking to hear stories of people who would have been spared the devastation of a crash or the loss of a loved one if the protection of ignition interlocks had just been in place sooner. Ignition interlocks grant us the ability to limit the destruction.

Last year, we achieved amazing success. Vermont passed an ignition interlock law. So did Maryland and the District of Columbia – all in one year. Today, 28 states and the District of Columbia offer the protection of interlocks for all offenders.

But that still leaves 22 states - and all the innocent people who live there - without protection from repeat offenses.

 The finish line is closer than ever before. Help us cross it?


A choice that endangers us all the time

Last weekend, like every weekend, drunk driving crashed into people’s lives.

This time, it was at a Mardi Gras parade. An alleged drunk driver with a blood alcohol level of .232 two hours after he was taken into custody plowed his truck into the crowd, injuring 28 innocent bystanders. Those who were there, but managed to escape unscathed, breathed a little easier and hugged their children a little tighter.

These horrific and completely preventable tragedies will continue to happen until the nation decides that enough is enough. Until we realize that it’s not enough to simply survive on our roadways – we must actively work to make them safer. 

What can you do to make our roads safer:

  • Organize. Join with MADD to speak up for those who have had their voices stolen by this preventable crime. Stand up for those who’ve lost the ability to stand for themselves.
  • Volunteer. It takes an army of people to do the lifesaving work that we do every day. Becoming a MADD volunteer means taking active steps to stop this scourge in your community by work with local law enforcement and educating teens. 
  • Lobby. Let your legislators know you want effective and strong laws. Tell judges that those convicted of these crimes deserve more than a slap on the wrist. 
  • Donate. Make a tax-deductible gift to help victims, educate the next generation and honor the work done on the front lines by law enforcement.

If you are a victim of the alleged drunk driving crash in New Orleans, please call Program Manager Valerie Cox at 225.926.0807 or call our national, 24/7 Victim Help Line at 877.MADD.HELP. We offer victim services and support at no charge.


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