Massachusetts


Melanie's Law to require ignition interlocks for all repeat convicted offenders in Massachusetts went into effect in 2006. The state would see a greater decline in drunk driving fatalities as soon as this law is expanded to include first-time convicted drunk drivers at a .08 BAC or greater. MADD calls on Massachusetts lawmakers to close this loophole to require mandatory ignition interlocks for all offenders and to adopt no-refusal activities. Find out more about Massachusetts' ignition interlock law



Drunk Driving:

96 representing 31% of all total traffic deaths, a 32.9% decrease from last year.

8,258

For more information on statistics, please contact MADD's Government Affairs department at policy@madd.org.

Underage Drinking:

33.20%

264,000

23.50% people

187,000 people

SAMHSA Report to Congress on The Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking, May 2011
NOTE: Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.



Laws:

Vehicular Homicide
Statutes providing for penalties to be brought against a drunk driver who kills another person through the operation of a motor vehicle, either intentionally or negligently.

Social Host
Social host laws allow for adults to be held responsible to furnishing alcohol to those under 21 years old

Sobriety Checkpoints
Sobriety checkpoints are an enforcement program that allows officers to stop all or predetermined vehicles to check for sobriety of the drivers.

Mandatory BAC Test for Drivers Who are Killed
Statutes which create mandatory testing for all drivers killed in vehicle crashes.

DUI Felony
Law that makes DUI/DWI a felony offense based on the number of prior convictions.

DUI Child Endangerment
Statutes which allow for additional penalties for a drunk driving conviction with a child passenger in a vehicle

Dram Shop
Laws allowing liability of establishments arising out of the sale of alcohol to obviously intoxicated persons or minors who subsequently cause death or injury to third-parties as a result of alcohol-related crashes.

Administrative License Revocation
Administrative license revocation (ALR) is the removal of a DUI/DWI offender's driver's license at the time of an arrest upon the failure or refusal of a chemical test.

.08 Per Se Law
Law that makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle at or above .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration.



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