MADD TO TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF IGNITION INTERLOCKS FOR ALL CONVICTED DRUNK DRIVERS at .08 BAC
WHAT: Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) will testify in support of H 1278 to require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers on Wednesday, September 25, in the Joint Judiciary Committee.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 25 at 1PM
Media availability at 12:30 outside of Room A-1 at the capitol, or any time during the Hearing
WHERE: Joint Judiciary Committee Hearing
WHO: Ron Bersani, Grandfather of Melanie Powell, MADD Volunteer
David Deiuliis, MADD Massachusetts Program Manager
Frank Harris, MADD National State Legislative Manager
WHY: In Massachusetts, as a result of Melanie’s Law, ignition interlocks are required for all repeat convicted drunk drivers. Melanie’s Law, effective in 2006, is named after 13 year old Melanie Powell who was killed by a drunk driver. H 1278, by Rep. Costello, expands the use of ignition interlocks for first-time convicted drunk drivers at a .08 BAC or greater who choose to drive during their license suspension period. During the license suspension period, convicted drunk drivers who have an interlock can keep their jobs, keep going to school, keep providing for their family and at the same time, keep the public safe.
There are 20 states with similar laws to H 1278, including New York and Connecticut. For information on interlocks, please visit: http://www.madd.org/drunk-driving/ignition-interlocks/.