Sunday, April 12, 2009

Alabama Legislation: Ignition Interlocks

Forwarded from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)…

In 2007, 389 people were killed in drunk driving related crashes in Alabama. This accounts for 35 percent of total traffic fatalities statewide.

Fortunately, ignition interlocks have the potential to eliminate these preventable deaths. Interlocks can prevent a vehicle from being driven by a drunk driver. If they are used correctly -- in concert with treatment, in addition to hard license suspensions and in the vehicles until they are no longer needed -- ignition interlocks can decrease repeat offenses by 64%.

Alabama is one of only three states that does not have an interlock law. House Bill 32 would require interlocks for all repeat DUI offenders and would allow judges to order interlocks for first-time convicted drunk drivers. HB 32 recently passed the House of Representatives and is now up for consideration in the Senate. Please contact your State Senator and urge their support of lifesaving legislation HB 32.

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