RATING THE STATES
In 2014, the interlock law was strengthened to require ignition interlocks for anyone convicted of drunk driving with a child passenger.
MADD urges lawmakers to act in 2015 and require ignition interlocks for all offenders at a .08 BAC. With this move, Maryland could see a significant decline in DUI related deaths.
Melanie’s Law to require ignition interlocks for all repeat convicted offenders went into effect in 2006. The state would see a greater decline in drunk driving fatalities as soon as this law is expanded to include first-time convicted drunk drivers at a .08 BAC or greater.
MADD calls on Massachusetts lawmakers to require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers and to adopt no-refusal activities.
Michigan is a two-star state with a lot of work to do to reduce drunk driving fatalities. Action by lawmakers in 2013 extended the .08 BAC per se limit until 2018.
MADD calls on Michigan lawmakers to make .08 BAC permanent and to enact legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. Michigan would also benefit from high-visibility law enforcement activities.
Minnesota lawmakers have the opportunity to make the state’s roads safer and save lives. Minnesota must strengthen the current drunk driving laws to require ignition interlocks for all convicted offenders with a BAC of .08 or greater and allow for sobriety checkpoints. MADD encourages lawmakers to protect the residents of Minnesota from drunk drivers. An all-offender ignition interlock law and sobriety checkpoints will give law enforcement the tools needed to significantly reduce drunk driving fatalities.
In 2015 Mississippi earned its fifth star and became the 22nd state to pass an all-offender ignition interlock law.
MADD applauds Mississippi on its continued efforts to protect the public and keep roads safe. Sobriety checkpoints and continued refinement of the ignition interlock program are proven countermeasures to save lives.
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