TRENTON, NJ (Mercer County) – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will testify on Monday in support of legislation that would require ignition interlock systems for all drunk driving convictions in New Jersey.
MADD will testify before the senate budget and Appropriations Committee about S 824, which they say would help save lives and stop drunk driving by expanding New Jersey’s interlock law.
According to the press release, “50 to 75 percent of drunk drivers who lose their driving privileges continue to drive.” Ignition Interlocks provide a safe alternative, as they allow the offender to travel where they need to go and continue their everyday lives, given they don’t attempt to drink and drive again.
“Studies by insurances, highway safety, and others found that ignition interlock systems have reduced drunk driving deaths by 16 percent.” According to Frank Harris the Director on State Government Affairs, “the CDC has also found that these types of laws reduce repeat offenses by 67 percent.”
Implemented back in January 2010, current New Jersey law, states that offenders with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or greater must get an ignition interlock installed. Currently 33 states plus Washington, DC already have similar laws in place.
Interlocks are currently working in the state, but the law presented could be more effective in saving lives. Over the past 12 years, 87,925 attempts to drunk drive have been prevented in New Jersey thanks to ignition interlock systems.
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By: Tyler Raymond