MADD Commends Illinois for DUI Laws

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MADD Released New Report

This year MADD released a new report detailing the progress made across the nation to combat drunk driving. In 2006 MADD began an initiative called the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving in response to the over 13,000 deaths caused by drunk driving in the nation that year alone. Eight years since this campaign commenced, their “Report to the Nation” describes the great strides taken to defend against drunk driving, and the significant work that must still be done.

5 Star Rating System

In the report, MADD ranks each state with a 5 star rating system. The stars are given to states that meet following specific criteria:

  1. Ignition interlock laws—these laws require that an apparatus is installed in the car of DUI offenders that measures the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC). The driver must have a BAC of lower than .025 for the car to start. MADD advocates for states to enact laws that require first time DUI offenders to have ignition interlock devices on their cars for 6 months minimum and repeat offenders to have the devices for longer.According to MADD, interlock ignition laws are one of the most effective ways to prevent drunk driving fatalities. Nationwide states increased the number of interlock devices installed and 24 states have all offender ignition interlock laws. In the report, MADD commends this increase in the use of interlock ignition devices to prevent drunk driving.
  2. Sobriety checkpoints—MADD considers sobriety checkpoints as another of the best ways to combat drunk driving. Law enforcement officers set up checkpoints to randomly check for drunk driving. This is now legal in 38 states and D.C.
  3. License revocation—revoking, or taking away, the DUI offender’s right to drive is also advocated by MADD.
  4. Child endangerment laws—currently 46 states and D.C. have put laws into effect that make driving under the influence with a minor child in the car child abuse. MADD considers New York’s law to be the best in the nation.
  5. No-refusal events—these events allow law enforcement officers to get an expedited warrant to obtain chemical testing for anyone that refuses to undergo chemical testing.

States received a star for having legislation in each of these five categories.

Illinois Receives 5 Stars for DUI Legislation

Illinois received 5 stars from MADD for having DUI legislation in each of the above five categories. One area that the report specifically commends is that Illinois was among the first states to institute an all offender interlock ignition law in 2009. Since that law passed, drunk driving has been greatly reduced in Illinois. 12 other states also received 5 stars.

The report does show that Illinois has lower rates of interlock installation than other states because drivers can choose to install the device or have their license suspended. While Wisconsin has a weaker law, their installation compliance rate is higher. MADD encourages Illinois to improve its installation rate.

Research Vehicles Only Allow Sober Drivers

In Sweden researchers are currently working to create a vehicle that can only be driven by a sober driver. This vehicle may be available in the United States some time in 2015.

Charged With a DUI in Illinois?

Since Illinois has such effective DUI laws in order to reduce drunk driving fatalities and keep the roads safe for all drivers, it is absolutely essential to contact a DUI Defense Attorney if you are arrested for DUI. A DUI conviction can seriously impact your life possibly causing you to lose your license, pay large fines, or even do time in jail. Talk to an experienced DUI attorney like Dennis Dwyer as soon as possible. Dennis Dwyer has represented a large number of DUI cases and can help you receive the best outcome possible. Call his office today.

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