Issues: Drunk Driving

Colleen Sheehey-Church, National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), testified today in support of autonomous vehicle technology as a tool to eliminate the scourge of drunk driving, which kills more than 10,000 people every year.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed a lifesaving bill that will prevent the tragedies caused by repeat drunk driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) thanks Governor Sandoval and the Legislature for passing SB 259, which makes Nevada the 30th state to require ignition interlocks after a drunk driving offense.

The Nevada Legislature has passed a lifesaving drunk driving bill that will save lives and prevent injuries caused by repeat drunk driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) applauds legislators for passing SB 259, which would make Nevada the 30th state to require ignition interlocks after a drunk driving offense.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) applauds the Oklahoma Legislature for passing lifesaving drunk driving legislation today, creating an all-offender ignition interlock law that will save lives and prevent injuries caused by repeat drunk driving. If SB 643, authored by Senator Kim David, is signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma will become the 29th state to require ignition interlocks as a condition of driving after a drunk driving offense.

“MADD is devastated that an alleged drunk driver killed one and injured four other children, Thursday night in Polk County Florida, while they were walking home from a bus stop. We are enraged that the alleged offender fled the scene after committing this horrific crime. This was a senseless death and injuries caused by a violent and 100 percent preventable crime. Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of all those impacted.

Tragedies like these are the reason MADD will be in Tallahassee on Monday to call on the Senate Appropriations Committee to improve Florida’s drunk driving law and make sure all drunk drivers are prevented from repeating their crime by using an ignition interlock.”

Dallas, Texas – St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration in which people across the nation enjoy festivities, which usually include alcohol. However, accompanying the fun and colorful celebrations is a dark truth: St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most dangerous holidays in the United States. In 2015, 20 people (21 percent of all traffic fatalities) were killed in drunk driving crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period.