RATING THE STATES
Oklahoma enacted the Erin Swezey Act in 2011, to require ignition interlocks for all repeat offenders and first-time convicted drunk drivers with a BAC of .15 or greater. The law also requires interlocks for first-time offenders with a BAC of .08 to .14 if they choose to drive during the six-month suspension following a DUI conviction.
MADD asks Oklahoma lawmakers to improve the current law to require ignition interlocks for all offenders at a BAC of .08 or higher.
Oregon has improved the state’s drunk driving law. A mandatory interlock law in 2007, coupled with strong law enforcement efforts, has reduced drunk driving deaths by 30 percent. And, in 2011, a loophole was closed to require ignition interlocks in DUI diversion agreements, as more than half—11,000 of 24,000—DUI offenders receive diversion agreements.
MADD calls on Oregon to utilize sobriety checkpoints and no-refusal activities.
MADD continues to work diligently with lawmakers on an all-offender ignition interlock law to save lives on the state’s roads.
MADD appeals to legislators to take action in the upcoming session to set DUI law reform as a priority. We call for action on an all-offender interlock law.
RHODE ISLAND 1
Lawmakers passed legislation in 2014 to require ignition interlocks for all repeat and first-time offenders with a BAC of .15 or greater. However, the state still continues to lag behind the rest of the nation implementing effective DUI countermeasures. MADD calls on legislators to protect the public and improve the state’s DUI law. The state should legalize sobriety checkpoints and encourage no-refusal enforcement activities. And, above all else, the passage of an all-offender ignition interlock law is needed.
SOUTH CAROLINA 3
In 2014, after a long battle to pass first-time offender ignition interlock legislation in South Carolina, Emma’s Law became law. Named after six-year-old Emma Longstreet who was killed by a drunk driver, the new law expands the punishment for all convicted drunk drivers, including first offenders, with a BAC above .15.
MADD urges lawmakers to strengthen Emma’s Law to require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
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