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MADD's Statement on Michael Phelps Sentencing:
MADD is astonished and frustrated that Michael Phelps was not ordered to install ignition interlocks in his vehicles. This was well within the look back period of a repeat offense in Maryland. The judge in this case failed Maryland residents by not requiring this proven-effective, lifesaving device. When an ignition interlock is available as a sanction, it must be ordered every single time. It’s the single, most effective way to keep offenders from drinking and driving again.
Interlocks reduce repeat offenses by 67 percent according to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In fact, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving calls for all convicted drunk drivers to get an alcohol ignition interlock, even first time offenders. Several states have seen drunk driving deaths drop by more than 30 percent after all-offender interlock laws were passed.
While we are grateful that Michael Phelps is getting the help he needs, an ignition interlock would hold him accountable, not only to his own safety, but also the safety of others.
- See more at: http://www.madd.org/blog/2014/december/statement-on-michael-phelps.html#sthash.52YIk405.dpuf
Although MADD Maryland struggles with having our ignition interlock bill passed, this is a positive sign for Maryland:
Dancing around DUIs [Editorial]
Our View: Elect legislators willing to mandate life-saving ignition interlock for all convicted of drunk driving in Maryland and save countless lives.
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. PowerTalk 21™ is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, using the proven strategies of Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence™ to reduce the risk of underage drinking. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 10 minutes at 1-877-MADD-HELP.
Together, these programs ensure that MADD achieves its lifesaving mission