WAYS TO IMPROVE
• Enact an all-offender interlock law • Enact a law making child endangerment a felony
Emma’s Law passed in 2014 after a long battle to pass ignition interlock legislation in South Carolina. MADD calls on lawmakers to expand Emma’s Law to all drunk drivers in 2020.
• Pass an all-offender ignition interlock law with compliance-based removal • Enact an administrative license revocation law • Enact a law making child endangerment a felony • Require ignition interlocks for refusing an alcohol test
South Dakota is one of the lowest rated states for its drunk driving laws. In 2011, a law was passed allowing for the use of ignition interlocks started in conjunction with the state’s Sobriety 24/7 program. This move limits the use of interlocks to repeat and first-time offenders with a BAC of .17 or greater.
• Enact an administrative license revocation law • Enact a law making child endangerment a felony
Tennessee’s all-offender ignition interlock law went into effect in 2013. This move, coupled with the use of no-refusal enforcement activities, has helped reduce drunk driving deaths by 15 percent.
• Add compliance-based removal to existing all-offender ignition interlock law • Legalize sobriety checkpoints and ensure they are conducted at least monthly • Require ignition interlocks or criminalize refusing an alcohol test
Texas became the 25th state to pass an all-offender ignition interlock law in 2015. In 2017 and 2019, Texas lawmakers got tough on first-time drunk drivers by ensuring that an ignition interlock is used as part of any plea deal.
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