July 6, 2010

Interlock Wave Surges and Protects Roadways

Last week, new ignition interlock laws went into effect. Wisconsin now requires ignition interlocks for first time convicted drunk drivers with a BAC of .15, repeat offenders and for those who refuse a BAC test. California requires interlocks for all offenders in four counties: Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare.

California joins 13 other states with laws requiring ignition interlocks for all first time convicted DUI offenders. Wisconsin joins nine other states requiring these devices for first time convicted drunk drivers with a BAC of .15 or greater. In 2007, North Carolina enacted a law similar to Wisconsin. Here is a North Carolina’s newspaper’s take on only requiring interlocks for offenders with a BAC of .15 or greater when the illegal level is .08.

As part of the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, MADD aims to require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers with an illegal BAC of .08 or greater.

To take action for a better interlock law in your state, please go to MADD’s take action page.

1 comment:

Angela said...

I wrote a letter to the all government officials for North Carolina. The only response was from Governor Perdue. My response was:Thank you very much for the response. You have been the only one to respond. I know you can not change any laws; I just want you to know who the person is when you hear she has either killed someone or her self due to her getting behind the wheel drinking. I sent the email to the house and other government people trying to understand what I need to do to make a difference. Hopefully 11/10/2010 the judge will not delay her case and give her a harsh sentence. I wish people who do make the laws would come to a court room once just to see the process that goes on. Then I would like for them to see what happens to both sides when the worst happens. A death of a child or love one shouldn’t be the reason someone is looking to change laws. Knowing and understanding what could happen and fixing that would be the answer. Again thank you for your response.