Mother’s Against Drunk Driving has issued their 2014 Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving — Report to the Nation and it has upgraded Washington State from 3-Stars to 4-Stars — on a 5 Star rating system — since 2012 because of the State’s continued efforts to curb drunk driving.
MADD’s campaign to reduce drunk driving focuses on enforcement of existing drunk driving laws, enhancing current laws and utilizing technology such as ignition interlock devices.
Since 2006, 19 states have strengthened their drunk driving legislation, requiring all drivers convicted of drunk driving to install an ignition interlock device. Ignition interlock devices prohibit drunk drivers from getting on the road in the first place and reduces repeat DUI offenders.Washington passed the ignition interlock law, RCW 46.20.385 in 2009.
Ignition interlock devices are essentially breathalyzers which are connected to a motor vehicle’s ignition system and prohibit a driver from starting their automobile if their blood alcohol content is at prescribed percentage. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people arrested for the first time for driving while under the influence have, on average, driven drunk at least on 80 other occasions.
The ignition interlock system has been so successful nation-wide that, in July 2013, there were more than 305,000 ignition interlock devices installed nationwide.
The one area where MADD would like to see Washington State improve their enforcement of drunk driving laws is introduce sobriety check points. MADD claims that sobriety checkpoints could decrease drunk driving accident deaths by 20% by deterring drunk drivers.
In Washington, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission along with local law enforcement run emphasis programs with names such as “Drive Hammered, Get Nailed” or “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” in which law enforcement runs emphasis patrols to target drunk drivers.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in auto accidents caused by drunken drivers and the family of those who have been killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.