Three Senators in North Carolina have introduced legislation that would expand current interlock ignition laws to include all people convicted of drunk driving.
In the state, current law requires the installation of interlock ignition devices for repeat offenders, those who refuse to take a chemical alcohol test, and anyone who has a BAC of greater than 0.15.
SB 619, proposed by Senators Josh Stein, Bill Rabon, and E.S. Newton would strengthen the current law. All drunk driving offenders with a BAC of 0.08 and above would be required to have the devices installed on their vehicles. Twenty-four states already have a similar law on the books, including Virginia and Tennessee.
MADD is in full support of this initiative in North Carolina. According to LaRonda Scott, Executive Director of MADD North Carolina, “We can’t erase tragedies North Carolina has experienced, but we can prevent others from happening.”
In 2013, one-third of deaths on state roadways were caused by a drunk driver. During that year, 371 people were killed in the state.
One of MADD’s largest campaigns is to pass similar legislation in all 50 states. According to the CDC, ignition interlock devices are effective in reducing the incidence of drunk driving by 67% been compared to license suspension alone. Other states in the nation have seen similar outcomes.
The federal government has grants available for any state that passes this type of legislation. If passed, North Carolina would be in line for $574,000 in funding to kick-off and support the installation of these devices.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident due to a driver choosing to operate a vehicle while intoxicated, you have rights. Contact our offices immediately for assistance in getting the compensation you deserve.
As proud supporters of MADD and the group’s various initiatives, we invite you to visit MADD’s website to learn more about this organization and how they work to promote sober driving throughout the state of North Carolina.