Walk Like MADD

Do you want to kick out drunk driving away from the streets? Oh yes, we can make a difference! Check this out.

TheAuto Channel reported that Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) leadership joined 500 local supporters today at Huntington City Beach to partake in Walk Like MADD. This event is a 5 kilometer non-competitive walk that motivates the community to support MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. A shocking 1,276 people were killed in California in traffic accidents involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher in 2006, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“The main reason people continue to drive drunk today – despite 27 years of intense public education and law enforcement’s best efforts – is because they can. My son might be here today if the offender that killed him had an interlock on his vehicle.” Birch’s 21-month-old-son Courtney was killed on May 3, 1988, more than 20 years ago, by a drunk driver with a blood alcohol level of .26 at the time of the crash and was driving with a revoked license and three prior DUI convictions,” says Glynn Birch, national president of MADD.

Today, a gadget that will support the campaign has been created. It is an alcohol ignition interlock which is a breath test device connected to a vehicle’s ignition system used on the vehicles of suspected drunk drivers. Further studies revealed that these devices are up to 90 percent efficient in diminishing recidivism while fixed on the vehicle.

Here’s the catch: If all states required alcohol ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, we could save up to 4,000 lives a year. Imagine that!

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