Adam Zimmer and Lindsey Arnold-Zimmer

Adam and Lindsey had just starting their lives together.  They were recently married and were thrilled to be expecting their first child, a boy. 

The young couple was working to make a difference in their community.  Adam was an elementary special education teacher and Lindsey was active in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.  They both had big dreams and a passion for life.

Young, thriving lives cut short because of someone’s decision to drink and drive.

They were headed to a Blues hockey game in St Louis on the afternoon of February 21, 2009, when a drunk driver traveling at an estimated 151 mph struck them from behind, causing their car to spin into oncoming traffic.  Adam, Lindsey and their unborn baby all died at the scene.   

Not only was the driver’s BAC 0.246, over three times the legal limit, he had already been arrested five times in several states for DUI.  Five times.

An average drunk driver drives 87 times before they are arrested.  Who knows how many times this man drove drunk and wasn’t caught.

MADD believes that every state should protect its communities by requiring all convicted drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock device.   According to the CDC, “installation of ignition interlocks reduces re-arrest rates by a median of 67%.”

An interlock device for this repeat offender may have saved the lives of Adam, Lindsey and their baby boy. 

Currently fifteen states require ignition interlocks for all persons convicted of DUI –Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New York, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington. If you are a resident of one of the other 35 states, contact your legislators and tell them you support saving lives and eliminating repeat drunk driving offenses by requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders.