Combined with enforcement efforts, ignition interlocks are the best proven countermeasure available to stop drunk driving today. To date, 34 states and Washington, D.C. require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders, and every state in the nation has some type of ignition interlock law on the books. Of the 16 states that do not mandate ignition interlocks for all drunk drivers, all but Massachusetts offer some type of ignition interlock use for first-time offenders. MADD’s legislative priority is to pass all-offender ignition interlock laws in the remaining 16 states, and continue to assess and strengthen existing laws to ensure this technology is being used to its fullest potential to save lives. States that have passed all-offender ignition interlock laws have experienced significant reductions in drunk driving deaths. For example, drunk driving deaths have decreased by 60% in West Virginia, 34% in Kansas and 29% in Arizona since their laws were enacted.
Status of Ignition Interlock Laws
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