Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) appreciates that Secretary Buttigieg is addressing the crisis on our nation’s roads with the National Roadway Safety Strategy, and we certainly support a goal of zero roadway deaths.
As noted in the strategy released today, drunk driving is the leading killer on America’s roads. Fortunately, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act mandated the Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue a new motor vehicle safety standard for impaired driving prevention systems in all vehicles. The law mandates a rulemaking, not consideration of one, because technology can prevent 90 percent of drunk driving deaths and countless traumatic injuries.
On January 26, MADD’s seven former MADD National Presidents and I sent a letter to Secretary Buttigieg calling for expeditious implementation of the rulemaking. MADD stands ready to work with and support Secretary Buttigieg and the Department to meet the required timeline set by the new law. We are confident that NHTSA can set the standard required under the law and that the auto industry can comply with it.
– MADD National President Alex Otte