Drunk Driving Prevention

In 2006, in response to the over 13,000 people who were being killed each year in drunk driving crashes, MADD launched the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. Public support for Campaign initiatives has been overwhelming.

MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving focuses on four important steps we all can take today to stop drunk driving tomorrow:

When people think they’ll be caught, they’re less likely to drive after drinking. That’s why MADD supports high-visibility law enforcement efforts. This includes sobriety checkpoints, which can reduce drunk driving deaths by 20%. Bottom line: strong drunk driving enforcement is one of the strongest deterrents, preventing people from committing the crime.

Ignition interlocks, or in-car breathalyzers, force offenders to provide a sober breath sample before operating their vehicles. Thanks to the help of advocates like you, MADD has successfully pushed for laws requiring these devices for drunk driving offenders in 33 states and Washington, D.C. But research shows that if adopted nationwide, an additional 1,000 lives could be saved each year.
Breath or touch sensors can prevent a drunk driver from operating their vehicle. Autonomous vehicle technologies have the potential to eliminate many types of roadway fatalities, including drunk driving. Technology holds the key to unlocking a future of No More Victims.
Thanks to non-drinking designated drivers, taxis, public transportation and ride sharing apps, there’s no excuse to drive drunk. And buckle up every time. Wearing a seatbelt is the best defense against a drunk driver.  Take personal responsibility for keeping our shared roadways safe by planning ahead to get home safely if your night includes alcohol.

What’s working?

Each year, MADD develops a comprehensive assessment of each state. Our team looks as factors like ignition interlock laws, child endangerment protections and sobriety checkpoints. Is your state doing all it can to protect you from drunk drivers?

32 states and the District of Columbia have passed ignition interlock laws
Sobriety checkpoints realize a 17% decrease in drunk driving

Interlocks produce a 67% percent decrease in repeat offenses
Advanced vehicle technology will end drunk driving.

And that means a future of No More Victims® is closer than ever before!

We know the destination. We have the roadmap. Now, we need your help!


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