MADD planning legislative push for more ignition interlocks

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MADD would like these to be required for all DWI offenders who want to continue driving.
In its recent evaluation of Minnesota's drunk driving laws, Mothers Against Drunk Driving gave the state low marks because ignition interlocks aren't required for all DWI offenders and sobriety checkpoints are illegal here.

RELATED: MADD calls upon Minnesota to legalize sobriety checkpoints

But Jennifer Freeburg, Minnesota executive director for MADD, says her organization plans to push for a stronger ignition interlock law during the 2015 legislative session.

"We will be creating a legislative agenda -- we already started to work on it," Freeburg said. "It won't be for 2014 because of the 'unsession,' but we're aiming for a strengthening of the ignition interlock program in '15."

Currently, first-time Minnesota DWI offenders with an alcohol concentration level of 0.16 or above and all repeat offenders are required to install an ignition interlock device for a minimum of one year. Freeburg said MADD would like to see the devices, which typically cost offenders about $100 for installation and an additional $50-$100 per month to lease, required for all DWI offenders regardless of their blood alcohol level.

Legalizing sobriety checkpoints, which would require a constitutional amendment, is something MADD hopes to accomplish further down the road, Freeburg added.

"Definitely, sobriety checkpoints are a long-term goal, but I think the effect of ignition interlocks is higher, and because of the way the constitutional is written, [sobriety checkpoints] wouldn't just be a legislative change but would have to go to the voters and there'd be a lot of work behind it," Freeburg said.

But MADD doesn't currently have a budget for lobbying in Minnesota, so whatever legislative advocacy it does comes via media releases like the recent state-by-state breakdown of drunk driving laws and from the work of the organization's volunteer committee.

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42 comments
Steve Mickle
Steve Mickle

Like most organizations, they're about making money, and grandstanding..

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Wouldn't it just be easier to shoot drunk drivers?

alsdkfj
alsdkfj

Jezuz. Bunch of control freaks. I'd like to see some studies showing efficacy of such devices, and some solid legal arguments. "I think" that they work isn't very compelling. MADD is creeping ever closer to just being a modern prohibition movement.

uhuhu
uhuhu

great idea. checkpoints, not so much. 

Melissa Barnes
Melissa Barnes

A good friend has an ignition interlock. It keeps him off the road after drinking which is good for everyone. It keeps him from drinking as much which is good for him and those around him. It costs a lot more than the article says though. His is $140/mo and the installation was more too. The machine takes a picture of the person breathing into it. You also have to breathe correctly into it. You have to go in every month to have it recalibrated. It can tell if you drove outside your allowed hours. It's no fun having one but it does allow the person to go to work and be productive.

Rachel Scott Smith
Rachel Scott Smith

Just because someone had never had a DWI doesn't mean they haven't driven drunk. Maybe they have just been lucky and have never been caught. So just make it standard in every vehicle then. I think it is kind of BS if you ask me.

Chad Liljegren
Chad Liljegren

The ignition interlocks are a racket. Anyone with a computer, internet access and some small amount of brains can look up how to re-wire or overide it so you car will start without having to blow into it. Also the interlock is very dangerous to people. A friend of mine was in an accident and the emergency responders could not move the car cause of the interlock. He lost his legs cause of it.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

So MADD wants to lower the BAC limit to .05, legalize DUI road blocks, and make interlock mandatory? I don't care how "mad" they are, they're a bunch of assholes.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

I think the interlock takes a photo of the breather, and the driver has to pay them to verify all the photos. Not fool proof but better than nothing.

Justin Irvine
Justin Irvine

Yep lets police everything about life. So women should have their wombs legislated, guys should have there groin legislated, dogs should be arrested for humping, a law should be passed that says sexy women who don't think their sexy need rehab. you know what would be more effective than this public shaming of celebrities who get DUI's. NFL NHL MLB NBA stars should all have a 1 strike policy oops once and your out. all of those sports associations have free rides and drivers for their stars and staff so there isn't an excuse. Plus we already have laws and people in place to handle that possibility they are called "Judges"

Drew Woolcott
Drew Woolcott

In case they had not figured it out they just get someone else to blow in it to start their car. MADD just wants to legislate prohibition back. It's already killing the restaurant industry in outlying areas where cabs are not readily available it's not going to fix the problem.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

I will oppose anything MADD proposes because they support checkpoints.
I plan on picketing MADD

Jeff Seim
Jeff Seim

I'm willing to bet, a member of MADD owns stock in the company that makes the interlock system

Joe Diaz
Joe Diaz

This forces people to take accountability for their actions. Why should an organization offer free rides or any other service because somebody makes a bad choice. Call a cab. It's that simple. The smart phone Apps are stupid proof. All for it.

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

If madd wanted to stop drunk driving they would offer rides home. But of course they wouldnt make any money doing that for their self serving non profit scam.

Jeremy Olson
Jeremy Olson

The average BAC for drunk drivers involved in traffic fatalities hovers around .18 year after year. 2/3 of them having BACs over .14. Let's not pretend that the casual drinker who had a couple beers with dinner (~.08) is indistinguishable from a problem drinker. MADD has become a draconian, neo-prohibition, institution. I'm all for an interlock option for offenders with BACs above .15, but this proposal would most affect offenders that pose less of a danger than someone texting and driving.

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

Interlock should be in all new cars

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

I wonder if the MADD board members get a special exemption from having to use these devices? I seems like about every year the MADD organization has one or two members who get popped for DUI.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

My husband used to install these and maintain them. These suckers are expensive, and need to be maintained monthly which is also pricey. Oh and if u lock it by blowing any alcohol its $700 to get it unlocked..... I've met many of his clients that this has changed their lives so I am all for it.

Cliff Spab
Cliff Spab

When it hits your pocket book, that is the deterrent..

Jeff Huinker
Jeff Huinker

Rest assured, someone is making bank off this ruling.

Marc Petersen
Marc Petersen

I agree that ignition interlock should be required for all offenders.

Ashley Lewis
Ashley Lewis

Tom-the interlock systems of days past lacked the technology it currently has-a camera is installed; making sure the person blowing is in fact the driver.

Jeremy Martin
Jeremy Martin

It's a great idea, but the 4th amendment says this is unconstitutional.

Dave Morse
Dave Morse

If these are anything like what the cops use, they're highly inaccurate.

Aaron Dahle
Aaron Dahle

If only MADD really cared about eradicating drunk driving. Apparently there is almost as much money for MADD to make off of drunk driving, as there is in cancer research. I have owned a very reputable driving school for close to 20 years, and have tried everything short of bribery to get them to give a talk at my school. THEY REFUSE. Kind of odd isnt it, since most drivers start out in a classroom somewhere?

Tom Bettendorf
Tom Bettendorf

Sounds great , unless the passenger blows into it!

Ashley Lewis
Ashley Lewis

Wouldn't it make more sense to just have them in all cars? Just because you aren't a convicted offender, doesn't mean you should be able to be infinitely "lucky" enough to not get caught. And furthermore, having them either universally implemented or a purchaser's option, the state would make less money off of offenders and be able to spend tax dollars on other things.

Kirk Hudson
Kirk Hudson

Good !!!!keep all offenders off the road, the have the money to drink they have money to call a cab!!!!!

uhuhu
uhuhu

you're a fucking moron

Taco
Taco

This comment is mad coherent, bro.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Here is MADDs nazi headquarters address and contact info,  155 S WABASHA ST #104. ST PAUL, MN 55107 Phone: 651.523.0802  Let's blow up their phone.

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