Alkoholpolitik und Volksgesundheit

USA: MADD Wants ‚DADSS‘ to Stop Drunk Driving

Donnerstag 18. November 2010 von htm

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) can reasonably take the credit for halving the number of people killed by drunk driving each year from 21,000 in 1980 to about 11,000 in 2009.
To appreciate how big an accomplishment that is, it’s helpful to remember that when MADD was founded in 1980, “it was legal to get behind the wheel and drink a beer in most states,” and drunk drivers “rarely received more than a fine,” …
MADD celebrated its 30th anniversary in a big way: it launched an effort that will — it hopes — virtually eliminate drunk driving. First, it wants Congress to amend the Federal Highway Reauthorization Bill to require that people convicted of drunk driving must have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles. This is already law in 12 states.
Second, MADD wants Congress to authorize $60 million over five years to pay for the development of a device that would lock the ignition for drivers with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. … (Source: Join Together, 11/17/10) our Online-Comment: The alternative would be to reduce the legal limit to .05% or lower and spend a lot of money more in controls and administration and prison costs.

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