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Fall 2010 | Vol. 12 | No. 5
MADD Debuts Action Plan to Eliminate Drunk Driving
To mark its 30th anniversary, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) held a rally on Capitol Hill September 23, announcing its MADD 3.0 Action Plan to eliminate drunk driving in America. The MADD 3.0 Action Plan calls on Congress to pass two key measures.
The ROADS SAFE Act would fund research of new technology using non-intrusive alcohol detection systems to determine when a driver is legally impaired. It would authorize five years of funding for ongoing research and development of the DADSS (Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety) program, which is supported by both the NHTSA and auto manufacturers. The ROADS SAFE Act is included in the current House and Senate versions of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, which have been approved through committee but are awaiting action on the House and Senate floor.
MADD also supports ignition interlock sanctions as part of the federal transportation reauthorization bill. These sanctions would withhold federal-aid funding from states that do not pass laws requiring ignition interlock devices to be installed on the cars of all convicted drunk drivers.
According to MADD National President Laura Dean-Mooney, both the ROADS SAFE Act and ignition interlock sanctions will use technology to “virtually eliminate drunk driving once and for all.”
Recently appointed MADD CEO Kimberly Earle said, “We call on Congress to urgently pass the ROADS SAFE Act and ignition interlock sanctions; it’s literally a matter of life and death.”
For more information, visit www.madd.org.