MADD’s Agenda For Ohio Is Announced
- Support for high-visibility law enforcement activities
- Legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers
- Development of automotive technologies for passive alcohol detection
MADD’s agenda for Ohio includes continuing the ineffective and expensive OVI checkpoint approach that is accompanied by a large budget media campaign. This year, MADD’s agenda for Ohio included a buy-in on their media blitz to announce the new ROBOCOP movie. As could be expected, they want to expand on this concept.
MADD’s agenda for Ohio includes a push for expanded use of interlock ignition devices. Currently, ignition interlock devices are used in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, states vary widely in how the ignition interlock devices are used and which drivers are required to install them. In West Virginia, for example, interlock devices are only ordered at a judge’s discretion while Michigan mandates their use for drivers who are found with a BAC more than twice the state’s legal limit. In Ohio, ignition interlock devices are required for any driver accused of a second OVI (drunk driving) offense and are otherwise discretionary to the judge. NHTSA and MADD want to eliminate these discrepancies and urge the adoption of a model rule which covers first-time offenders with a BAC just over the legal limit and would require the installation of ignition interlock devices on hundreds of thousands more vehicles. Currently, only 20 states require the devices for anyone convicted of a drunken driving-related offense.
MADD’s agenda for Ohio includes working with major insurance companies and automobile manufacturers to get a passive alcohol system (called DADDS) as mandated equipment in every automobile in the world. In 2008, at MADD’s urging, the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety entered into a $10 million agreement with the federal government to develop such a technology. This system would search every driver (not just convicted DUI offenders) every single time they started their car. This year, MADD’s power as one of the nation’s leading lobbying groups resulted in a provision in the Senate transportation bill to ““more widespread deployment of in-vehicle technology” that would prevent drunken driving. The research will be carried out by the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, a collaboration between NHTSA and the automobile industry.
In a report released earlier this month, MADD set forth “grades” for each state given for the following agenda items:
- Requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers
- Conducting sobriety checkpoints
- Creating enhanced penalties for those who drive drunk with children in the vehicle
- Participating in “no-refusal” activities for those suspected of drunk driving
- Utilizing Administrative License Revocation for drunk driving offenders
That’s right, MADD’s agenda for Ohio includes expanded use of ignition interlock, checkpoints, and forced blood draws. They have also taken great efforts to make sure that Ohio’s decision makers are notified of their plans. I call on you to contact your State and Federal representative to give your opinion on these and other important issues in the criminal justice system.
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Find information on MADD’s agenda for Ohio and other city-specific info at the following links:
- MADD and NHTSA Push For Expanded Use of Ignition Interlock Devices (daytondui.com)
- Limited Driving Privileges Under Ohio Revised Code 4510.021 (daytondui.com)