December 8, 2008

Prominent Hollywood Financier Arrested for Drunk Driving While on Probation for Earlier DUI Conviction

According to an article in The New York Times, Ryan Kavanaugh, one of Hollywood’s most prominent film financiers, was arrested for drunk driving, speeding and driving with a suspended license in October while still on probation for an earlier conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol.

MADD's recently released State Progress Report revealed:

  • California families share the road with 310,971 drunk drivers with three or more DUI convictions
  • More than 44,200 of those drivers have five or more DUI convictions

Research shows that alcohol ignition interlocks on the vehicles of all convicted drunk drivers significantly reduces deaths and injuries due to drunk driving -- an average of 64 percent reduction in repeat offenses.

In 2009, MADD will work with California lawmakers to reintroduce legislation mandating interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders. Contact your state lawmakers and tell them you support ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.

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