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Drunk Driving: In its “report to the Nation” Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) gives 4 stars out of 5 to the State of New York

Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is one of the most powerful non profit organizations against drunk driving. MADD was created in 1980 by Candice Lightner after her 13 year old daughter was killed by a drunken hit and run driver. Since its inception the number of wrongful deaths related to drunk driving car accidents has been cut by half. The organization just released its Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving: 2014 Report to the Nation which describes MADD’s advocacy work since the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving was launched in 2006. The report looks at the efforts that each State made to fight drunk driving and gave them a ranking of 0 to 5 stars based on the following measures and reforms:

  • Ignition Interlocks
  • Sobriety Checkpoints
  • Administrative License Revocation
  • Child Endangerments
  • No-Refusal Events

New York received a star for each of the 4 first points but the legislature still needs to pass the no-refusal legislation for the State to get its Five stars.