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CURRENT NEWS ABOUT YOUR TOPIC

drunk driving laws location:United_States - Google News

INTEREST GROUPS

You are welcome to look for other groups - this list may help you get started.
American Beverage Institute

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) about MADD (look for .pdfs)

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Homepage, Link1

RID

Cato Institute Homepage, Link

Police Chiefs - support use of ignition interlock -
http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_arch&article_id=2319&issue_id=22011

HELPFUL RESOURCES

Ignition interlock in New Mexico - Link 1 Department of Public Safety and Link 2, Los Angeles Times article
Status of ignition interlock laws by state (MADD source)
DWI laws in other countries - NHTSA publication
New York considers stricter laws for DWI - New York Times
Ignition interlock systems - MADD fact sheet -
Maine law - ignition interlock and summary of laws.

National Motorists' Association - http://blog.motorists.org/madd-ignition-interlocks/

STATISTICS/PUBLIC OPINION POLLS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a key executive branch agency working to improve traffic safety. The NHTSA annually gathers and publishes data about drunk driving. The 2008 report:

2009 public opinion poll on drunk driving laws: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/general_lifestyle/april_2009/50_say_drunk_driving_laws_not_tough_enough (you may have to make your own charts).


JUDICIAL BRANCH

Suggested case for you to review:
Michigan Department of State Police v. Sitz - link 1, link 2
Pennsylvania v. Muniz - link 1 link 2
South Dakota v. Neville - link 1

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

Relevant laws - Information about State Laws can be found at this link.
Per Se .08 Law - MADD and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) - 05-06 statistics

- This resource also shares some helpful information about BAC laws in other countries.

In October 2000, the US Department of Transportation's 2001 Appropriations Act (HR4475) was passed by both chambers of the U.S. Congress and signed by President Clinton. The Act provides that states must pass a .08 per se law by 2004 or begin losing federal highway construction funds. States that do not implement .08 BAC by 2004 will lose 2 percent of their highway money, with the penalty increasing by 2 percent each year, until it reaches 8 percent beginning in Fiscal Year 2007. States that adopt the .08 limit by 2007 will get back all of the funds lost in previous years. (Source) DUI attorney Grand Rapids

Maine law
Text of law and changes to the law in March 2008 (full text here).
FindLaw - helpful summary of Maine law with charts. More helpful explanations on Maine here: http://dui-help.com/maine/
History of Maine law - http://www.maine.gov/dps/bhs/impaired-driving/facts.html
Maine penalties (and aggravating factors) - http://www.maine.gov/dps/bhs/impaired-driving/laws.html

Ignition interlock - http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/licenses/iid.htm - watch a short video to learn what ignition inter





















































EXECUTIVE BRANCH

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a key executive branch agency working to improve traffic safety. The NHTSA annually gathers and publishes data about drunk driving. The 2008 report:

Another executive branch agency working on this issue is the Justice Department. Find more drunk driving data at this link. This document includes community policing guidelines developed by the Justice Department. Among the interesting data in the report, check out pages 16 & 18! (And for future work, pgs. 30-50 include policy suggestions.)