2018-Report to the Nation

MARYLAND

4.5 4.

STATE SNAPSHOT

WAYS TO IMPROVE

Maryland passed “Noah’s Law,” an all-offender ignition interlock law, in 2016. Named for Officer Noah Leotta, killed while on a DUI patrol in December 2015, “Noah’s Law” is a model ignition interlock law for the nation.

• Enact a law making child endangerment a felony • Require interlocks in all plea agreements or reductions in drunk driving charges

MASSACHUSETTS

4.5 2

STATE SNAPSHOT

WAYS TO IMPROVE

Melanie’s Law, requiring ignition interlocks for all repeat convicted offenders in Massachusetts, went into effect in 2006. The state would see a greater decline in drunk driving fatalities if this law was expanded to include first- time convicted drunk drivers at a .08 BAC or greater.

• Pass an all-offender ignition interlock law • Make ignition interlocks available to first-time offenders upon arrest • Enact a law making child endangerment a felony • Expedite warrants for suspected drunk drivers who refuse an alcohol test • Require ignition interlocks or criminalize refusing an alcohol test

MICHIGAN

4.5 1

STATE SNAPSHOT

WAYS TO IMPROVE

Michigan is one of the lowest rated states in the nation. Lawmakers must take action to improve the drunk driving law.

• Pass an all-offender ignition interlock law • Legalize sobriety checkpoints and ensure they are conducted at least monthly • Make ignition interlocks available to first-time offenders upon arrest • Enact a law making child endangerment a felony • Expedite warrants for suspected drunk drivers who refuse an alcohol test • Enact administrative license revocation

MINNESOTA

4.5 2

STATE SNAPSHOT

WAYS TO IMPROVE

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 act accordingly to protect the residents of Minnesota from drunk drivers.

• Pass an all-offender ignition interlock law • Legalize sobriety checkpoints and ensure they are conducted at least monthly • Make ignition interlocks available to first-time offenders upon arrest • Enact a law making child endangerment a felony • Expedite warrants for suspected drunk drivers who refuse an alcohol test

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