Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving
“The Campaign has had dramatic impact in the states. The dialogue has really changed from how do we reduce drink driving fatalities to how do we eliminate them. We are encouraged that three states have enacted interlock laws for first-time offenders since the Campaign’s launch. However, we need many more to take this critical step to help eliminate drunk driving.”
--Christopher J. Murphy, Immediate Past Chairman, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is coordinating an ongoing, national Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. GHSA is a partner in the campaign and looks forward to continuing to work with MADD and other highway safety groups toward the goal of completely eliminating drunk driving.
One of the four key tenants of the campaign is a call for all states to enact alcohol ignition interlock laws requiring all drunk driving offenders, including first time offenders, to install a breath test device on their vehicle. Ignition interlocks prevent people who have alcohol in their system from driving a car. An operator breathes into an interlock device to determine blood alcohol concentration. If there is measurable alcohol in the blood, the vehicle does not start.
In addition to mandatory ignition interlocks, the campaign also calls for:
- Iintensive, high visibility law enforcement;
- Development of advanced vehicle-based technology; and
- Public support.
For more information, visit the campaign website.