Virginia


Virginia enacted a law requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers in 2012. Within a year, interlock installations had increased to over 8,500. MADD applauds Virginia on its continued efforts to keep roads safe. Virginia could improve its drunk driving laws by making it a felony offense to drive drunk with a child passenger and by requiring ignition interlocks for suspected drunk drivers who refuse a chemical alcohol test. Find out more about Virginia's ignition interlock law



Drunk Driving:

208 representing 28% of all total traffic deaths, a 3.7% decrease from last year.

20,477

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

Underage Drinking:

26.00%

239,000

17.50% people

161,000 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.

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 Alcohol Assessment/Treatment
Law that mandates all convicted DUI/DWI offenders undergo an assessment of alcohol abuse problems and participate in required treatment program.

Interlocks for First Time Convicted DUI Offenders
Statutes that require or highly incentivize the use of Interlocks for all first time convicted DUI offenders

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

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.



Take Action:

Click below to see what legislative activities MADD is spearheading in your state*. From there, you can send a personalized letter or e-mail to your representatives about the issues important to you.

By participating, you will help pass legislation to keep our roads safe from drunk driving and to prevent underage drinking. 

It takes only two minutes, but the impact can last a lifetime.

Help Virginia


Learn about Virginia’s new Ignition Interlock Law.

Learn more at www.dontblowitva.com.

Richmond Press Release