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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.
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