RATING THE STATES
In 2014, Alabama passed legislation that expands the use of ignition interlocks to include first-time convicted drunk drivers with an illegal BAC of .08 or greater.
MADD applauds Alabama on becoming the 21st state to pass an all-offender interlock law and for its continued efforts to keep roads safe.
Since enacting its ignition interlock legislation for all convicted drunk drivers in 2009, Alaska has seen a 28 percent reduction in drunk driving fatalities.
MADD calls on Alaska to conduct sobriety checkpoints to help deter drunk driving and reduce related crashes.
Arizona’s ignition interlock law requires convicted drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock (not wait out the interlock order) before obtaining unrestricted driving privileges. The first of its kind passed in 2007, this legislation is one of the best in the country and as a result, drunk driving deaths in the state have decreased by 45 percent.
MADD applauds Arizona on its continued efforts to keep roads safe. Sobriety checkpoints and continued refinement of the ignition interlock program are proven ways to continue to save lives.
Arkansas has seen a 27 percent reduction in drunk driving fatalities since the 2009 law requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted offenders went into effect.
MADD urges lawmakers to close the loopholes that exist to ensure that offenders cannot opt out of an ignition interlock order. Arkansas lawmakers also need to focus on implementing a no-refusal program.
California launched an ignition interlock pilot program requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers in four counties—Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare—covering 13 million people. While California has been a leader in highway safety, it will not receive its final star until the four-county pilot is a statewide law.
MADD urges California lawmakers to take action during the 2015 session and pass SB 61 by Senator Jerry Hill expanding the pilot program statewide permanently.
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