MADD lobbying for device to prevent drunk driver from starting car

on 15/11/10 at 1:07 pm

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When Mothers Against Drunk Driving formed in 1980, it was legal to get behind the wheel and drink a beer in most states.

Drunken drivers rarely received more than a fine.

And more than 21,000 people a year died in drunken-driving accidents at that time.

The Irving-based nonprofit is credited for helping cut drunken-driving deaths nearly in half since then by advocating for tougher laws and designated drivers.

Now in its 30th year, MADD has a new plan and wants to end drunken driving for good. The nonprofit is pushing for the development of alcohol-sensing technology that prevents cars from starting if the driver is intoxicated.

Some say the group is going too far. The $60 million proposed federal legislation to develop the technology has led to the latest round of charges that the group is “neo-prohibitionist.”

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