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MADD MARKS 30th ANNIVERSARY WITH CAPITOL HILL RALLY UNVEILING TECH-BASED MADD 3.0 ACTION PLAN TO ELIMINATE DRUNK DRIVING
New Data Shows Drunk Driving Deaths Cut in Half Since MADD’s Founding, Yet Still Represent a Third of All Highway Fatalities
WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 23, 2010 – Thirty years after a grieving mother started the movement to stop drunk driving, and a decade since the successful passage of the lifesaving national .08 BAC limit, hundreds of victims and activists from across the country today rallied at the nation’s Capitol to mark Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) 30th Anniversary and to unveil its MADD 3.0 Action Plan, calling on Congress to pass legislation to eliminate drunk driving in America. The pending legislation will fund critical research on new technology to turn cars into the cure for drunk driving. Since the organization was founded in 1980, drunk driving deaths have been reduced by half, yet new government data shows that 10,839 people died from drunk driving crashes last year alone, representing almost one-third of all highway fatalities.
MADD 3.0 Action Plan
The research-based MADD 3.0 Action Plan announced today calls on Congress to urgently pass two key bills, which MADD National President Laura Dean-Mooney said will use new technology to “virtually eliminate drunk driving once and for all.” The two key pieces of federal legislation addressing this new technology are:
- The ROADS SAFE Act, included as an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, will fund research of new technology using non-intrusive alcohol detection systems to determine when a driver is legally impaired at .08 BAC or higher, and
- Ignition Interlock Sanctions, included as part of the House Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill, urging more states to pass ignition interlock laws that require convicted drunk drivers to “blow before they go,” using an alcohol detection device to start their vehicle. Currently, 13 states have enacted ignition interlock laws.
More Information can be found here:
2010 MADD National Conference Online Press Kit
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