Technology That Saves Lives – A Report on Ignition Interlocks


Since Ignition Interlocks state laws have gone into effect, the small cell phone-sized device has prevented 1.77 million drunk driving attempts – and saved countless lives.

This information and more is included in our 2016 Ignition Interlock report, “How Technology Has Stopped 1.77 million Drunk Drivers: A State by State Guide to Creating a Future of No More Victims.®"

Ten years into MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, and we have reduced drunk driving deaths significantly.  We believe requiring ignition interlocks for ALL convicted drunk drivers will move us closer to a future of No More Victims.®

This first-of-its-kind report includes:

  • A state-by-state analysis of current ignition interlock laws based on five key criteria
  • How interlocks change drunk driving behavior - even after removal
  • MADD’s recommendations, broken down by state, for strengthening the laws currently in place
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The report is dedicated to Maryland Police Officer Noah Leotta, who was killed by a suspected repeat drunk driver in December 2015. Requiring ignition interlocks for ALL offenders – including first-time offenders – could have saved his and countless other lives.

MADD receives no compensation or funding from ANY ignition interlock company. We support interlocks for ALL offenders because we believe it will save lives.