HONORARY CHAIRMAN DAVID STRICKLAND
Dear Highway Safety Friend: As honorary chairman of the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, I want to commend Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the campaign’s stakeholders on 5 years of tremendous achievement. Like many of MADD’s efforts over the years, the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving reinvigorated the national debate on drunk driving and challenged everyone to use all the tools at their disposal-including technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes in the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving because it works. From our early partnership on a series of nationwide town hall meetings on ignition interlocks, to the emphasis on sobriety checkpoints, to supporting vehicle-based solutions, the campaign has made a difference. State and local enforcement officials are the cornerstone of NHTSA’s safety program, and we will continue to support them. Our new, high visibility law enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, hammered that message home to our most at-risk populations.
When the Campaign began, only one state required interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. Only three states required interlocks for high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) offend- ers. Today, thanks in large part to the campaign, 32 states now require interlocks for all or high BAC drunk drivers. This prog- ress is phenomenal. Finally, the campaign called for new, vehicle-based solutions. Just a concept 5 years ago, the Driver Alcohol Detection Sys- tem for Safety, or DADSS, is a potential technological solution now entering the testing and prototype phase. This project is literally the “moon shot” for our generation to save lives on the highway by turning the vehicle into the cure for drunk driving. NHTSA is proud to partner with MADD on the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving and congratulations to all our high- way safety partners who have worked to make the campaign a reality. I look forward to working with you in future years to once and for all eliminate drunk driving in America. Thank you and best wishes.
David Strickland Honorary Chairman
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