Illinois named five-star state by MADD for efforts to keep drunk
drivers off roads
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[January 11, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois
Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider announced on Thursday that
the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization has given Illinois
its highest rating for drunk-driving prevention, as it named
Illinois a five-star state for drunk driving prevention in its 2014
Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving report, released Thursday.
"We are honored to receive this recognition from MADD," Schneider
said. "Here in Illinois, we have zero tolerance for drunk driving,
and along with law enforcement throughout the state, we work hard to
put programs in place to keep our motorists safe from drunk
One of the reasons for Illinois' five-star rating is the
all-offender ignition interlock law that went into effect in 2009.
"MADD applauds Illinois on its continued efforts to keep roads
safe. Sobriety checkpoints and continued refinement of the ignition
interlock program are proven countermeasures to continue saving
lives," the MADD report said.
The five stars are awarded based on
Illinois using all of the following countermeasures against driving
under the influence:
interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
penalties for those who drive drunk with children in the
vehicle. Participating in "no-refusal" activities for those
suspected of drunk driving.
Using administrative license revocation
for drunk driving offenders.
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