RATING THE STATES
Adoption of proven countermeasures, such as ignition interlocks for all offenders and high-visibility lawenforcement activities, will make a significant impact to reduce drunk driving deaths in Iowa.
MADD calls on lawmakers to expand the use of ignition interlocks to include all convicted drunk drivers at a BAC of .08. MADD also urges lawmakers to enact legislation to legalize sobriety checkpoints, which have been proven to reduce fatalities by 20 percent.
Kansas lawmakers took action during the 2014 session to eliminate the sunset (or end date) included in the state’s all-offender interlock law that was passed in 2011. With this action, the state’s law is now permanent and the number of drunk driving deaths will continue to decrease. Due in part to the states 2011 interlock law, drunk driving deaths have decreased by 23 percent
MADD applauds Kansas on its commitment to keep the public safe. Eliminating the sunset provision represents significant refinement to the ignition interlock program.
Kentucky remains one of a handful of states that does not have a mandatory ignition interlock law.
MADD urges the Kentucky Legislature to enact HB 60, by Representative Dennis Keene, requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
Louisiana is on the path to eliminating drunk driving. The state is reaping the benefits of passing an all-offender ignition interlock law in 2007. As a result of enforcement efforts and its mandatory interlock law, drunk driving deaths have decreased by 36 percent.
MADD encourages Louisiana to adopt an ALR law as 41 other states plus Washington, D.C. already have in place.
Maine became the 20th state to enact an all-offender ignition interlock law in 2013.
MADD applauds Maine on its continued efforts to keep road safe. Sobriety checkpoints and on-going refinement of the ignition interlock program are proven ways to continue saving lives.
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