MADD Advocates Three Ways To Reduce Drunk Driving

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is using a three-point campaign to curb drunk driving and save lives. According to MADD, the plan involves the use of in-car breathalyzers (commonly referred to as ignition interlock devices), sobriety check points and using technological advances in vehicles as "the cure" for drunk driving.

MADD statistics report that, on the average day, we share the road with two million drivers who have received three or more driving under the influence (DUI) convictions. MADD statistics also report that the average person who receives a DUI has driven drunk 87 times before being caught the first time.

Ignition Interlock Devices Become Mandatory for DUI Offenders

Many states, including Colorado, require that those who are convicted of a DUI must install an ignition interlock device into their vehicle for a period of time. An Interlock requires the driver of a vehicle to blow into the device, and if a measurable amount of alcohol is detected the device prevents the ignition from starting the engine. MADD favors Interlock devices as "a simple and economical way" to prevent convicted drunk drivers from driving drunk, yet allow them the ability to drive safely.

In Colorado, a first offense DUI conviction will require the driver to install an ignition interlock device in his or her vehicle for eight months (if the driver had a blood alcohol content of .17 percent or higher on the first offense DUI, the Interlock device is required for two years). The length of time the Interlock is to be installed increases with each subsequent DUI offense.

Sobriety Checkpoints

MADD encourages the increased use of sobriety checkpoints during high-risk holidays, holidays that find the most people drinking and driving. According to MADD, sobriety checkpoints reduce fatalities by 20 percent, making them the "most effective enforcement technique."

Advances in Technology

Pointing to recent advancements in vehicle technologies such as cars that parallel park themselves, MADD indicates that new technologies will be used to prevent drunk driving. According to MADD, a panel created from members of the government, the auto industry, safety advocates and MADD was formed in 2006 to advocate for and support new technologies to prevent drunk driving.

Clearly, MADD and other organizations are waging a campaign in legislatures and assemblies across the nation to end drunk driving. Technological advances to discourage or prevent drunk driving are also in development. Those facing DUI charges in Colorado should be prepared for the potential consequences. Speak with an experienced DUI defense attorney for more information about your rights.