RATING THE STATES
In 2012, Virginia enacted a law requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. Within a year, interlock installations have increased to over 8,500.
MADD applauds Virginia on its continued efforts to keep roads safe. Sobriety checkpoints and ongoing refinement of the ignition interlock program are proven ways to continue saving lives.
Washington passed an all-offender ignition interlock law in 2009. Each legislative session since the lawwas enacted, improvements have been made to this comprehensive interlock law. Due in part to the all-offender interlock law, drunk driving deaths have dropped by an additional 18 percent.
MADD calls on lawmakers to pass laws to allow for high-visibility law enforcement activities. Sobriety checkpoints could reduce DUI fatalities by an additional 20 percent
WEST VIRGINIA 5
Due in part to the 2008 all-offender ignition interlock law, drunk driving deaths have dropped by 35 percent in West Virginia.
MADD applauds West Virginia on its continued efforts to keep roads safe. Sobriety checkpoints and ongoing refinement of the ignition interlock program are proven countermeasures to continue saving lives.
Wisconsin is the only state in the nation where a first drunk driving offense is not a crime; rather it’s “just” a traffic ticket. In 2009, the state made improvements to their DUI law by requiring ignition interlocks for first-time convicted drunk drivers with a BAC of .15 or greater
MADD calls on legislators to get tough on drunk driving and pass laws to require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, legalize sobriety checkpoints, and to make a first offense a misdemeanor.
In 2011, Wyoming lawmakers closed loopholes in the state’s ignition interlock law. However, much more must be done to protect the public.
MADD continues efforts for an all-offender interlock law and urges lawmakers to act now to require interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers and utilize sobriety checkpoints in order to reduce DUI fatalities.
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