RATING THE STATES
Since 1999, ignition interlocks are required for repeat convicted drunk drivers. Georgia’s drunk driving law is 16 years overdue for a change as the state is one of a handful that does not utilize ignition interlocks for first-time offenders.
MADD calls on lawmakers to protect their constituents and save lives by passing a law to require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
Hawaii continues to be on the path to eliminating drunk driving. Since passing its ignition interlock law for all first- time convicted drunk drivers in 2011 the state has seen an increase in the number of interlocks installed as the program enters its fourth year. Due in part to the state’s 2011 interlock law, drunk driving deaths have dropped by 23 percent.
MADD urges lawmakers to improve their current interlock law and allow for no-refusal activities.
Advancing legislation to require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers and to allow sobriety checkpoints will dramatically reduce impaired driving fatalities in Idaho.
MADD urges lawmakers to take action and advance legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers and legalize high-visibility law enforcement activities.
Illinois, was among one of the first states to enact its all-offender ignition interlock law. Since 2009, the state has seen a reduction in drunk driving fatalities. However, with offenders having the option to go on interlock or license suspension, installation rates are just over 20 percent of eligible offenders. Compare that to Wisconsin, a state with a weaker interlock law but a better compliance rate.
MADD calls on lawmakers to pass legislation improving the interlock law in Illinois to improve installation rates to mirror compliance in other all-offender interlock law states.
In 2014, Indiana passed legislation to require ignition interlocks for repeat offenders and to allow a judge to order the devices for first-time offenders. This legislation also establishes a statewide regulatory framework for the state and the platform for MADD to advocate for a true all-offender law in the future.
MADD urges lawmakers to close the loophole during the 2015 session and pass a true all-offender ignition interlock law.
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