MADD turns 30 and makes a big bold statement!

October 8th, 2010 by

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I am very fond of MADD and what they have accomplished over the years. I think they are great organization. They are great for our community and they really fight for change in laws and regulations when it comes to drunk driving. MADD is celebrating their 30th birthday this year and they are boldly taking another stand. Thanks to Edmunds.com for sharing this with us.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) held a rally in Washington Thursday to mark the successes it has had in combating drunken driving over its 30-year history, and to state its support for technology and legislation that can, as the organization puts it, “eliminate drunk driving.”

Even as the government works to manage distracting technology in cars, it’s looking at other technology to keep impaired drivers from being able to start their vehicles. MADD said it supports two pieces of federal legislation that would bring more alcohol-stopping technology into cars: Passive devices that detect blood-alcohol levels over legal limits and ignition interlock systems for those convicted of DUI offenses. More details are after the jump.

MADD favors:

  • The ROADS SAFE Act: The Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Everywhere Act is an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. It would provide $12 million in annual funding for five years for federal agency research into passive devices that would determine when a driver is legally impaired at .08 BAC or higher. According to sponsor Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), the technology “includes devices that determine a driver’s blood alcohol level by touching the steering wheel or engine start button, as well as sensors that passively monitor a driver’s breath or eye movements. If the sensors indicate that the driver’s blood alcohol level is over the legal limit, the vehicle would not start.”
  • Expanded use of ignition interlock sanctions: The House Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill urges more states to pass ignition interlock laws that require convicted drunk drivers to “blow before they go,” using an alcohol detection device to start their vehicle. MADD is urging this requirement for all drunk-driving offenders, including first offenses.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that advanced technology could save more than 8,000 lives each year, MADD said.  New Mexico was the first state to require interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers and has had a 30 percent reduction in DUI fatalities, according to the organization. “ROADS SAFE plus interlock sanctions equals the elimination of drunk driving,” MADD’s new CEO Kimberly Earle said in a press release.

Make sure that you stop by Bill DeLord Autocenter on October 23, 2010 from 12pm-3pm for our No Texting/No Drinking and Driving Safe Driving Clinic! You won’t want to miss this.

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