MADD continues to work diligently in Pennsylvania to get stronger interlock legislation, but the Legislature has still not acted.
Sobriety checkpoints are proven to reduce DUI fatalities by an average of 20 percent by acting as a general deterrent to drinking and driving. They are also cost-effective, reducing drunk driving expenses by at least six dollars for every dollar invested. Ignition Interlocks for all Drunk Driving Offenders
More than 15 peer-reviewed studies recommend requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders. In 2011 the Centers for Disease Control recommended every state pass an all-offender ignition interlock law. New Mexico and Arizona have reduced DUI fatalities by 36 and 46 percent, respectively, through the adoption of this lifesaving law. Enhancing Penalties for DUI Child Endangerment
DUI child endangerment is an issue everyone should agree on. Sadly, there are too many stories like that of Leandra Rosado, where an adult chooses to drive drunk with a child or children in the vehicle. Enhanced penalties, such as making this crime a felony, are important ways to make adults think twice before acting so irresponsibly. Participating in No-refusal Events
Offenders who refuse to submit to BAC testing present a significant challenge to law enforcement and the courts. Driving is a privilege, not a right. No-refusal weekends have proven successful in reducing the number of offenders who refuse BAC testing. No-refusal stars are given to states with a 10 percent or lower refusal rating or for those states that participate in no-refusal or warrant initiatives. Utilizing Administrative License Revocation
Administrative License Revocation (ALR) has been around for some time. The concept is swift punishment for drunk driving through the immediate confiscation of an offender’s driver’s license by the arresting officer. During sobriety checkpoints, ALR must be heavily publicized in order to deter potential drunk driving offenders. Studies show that ALR reduces DUI fatalities by as much as nine percent.
408 representing 31% of all total traffic deaths, a 2.5% increase from last year.
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.
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 laws allow for adults to be held responsible to furnishing alcohol to those under 21 years old
Sobriety checkpoints are an enforcement program that allows officers to stop all or predetermined vehicles to check for sobriety of the drivers.
Mandatory Alcohol Assessment/Treatment
Law that mandates all convicted DUI/DWI offenders undergo an assessment of alcohol abuse problems and participate in required treatment program.
Statutes which allow for a judge or administrative agency to order a convicted drunk driver to operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device for a period of time following a conviction for drunk driving
DUI Child Endangerment
Statutes which allow for additional penalties for a drunk driving conviction with a child passenger in a vehicle
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.
.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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