More than 10,000 people die each year due to drunk driving. â€œIn my mind, driving drunk only once is one time too many,â€ states Congresswoman Nita M. Lowry, who recently proposed a new law that mandates all convicted drunk driving offenders have a ignition interlock installed in their cars for no less than 6 months after their arrest. The law, Alisa’s law, was named in honor of the daughter of the current president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving — Jan Withers. Withers’ daughter, Alisa Joy, was killed in 1992 by an underage drunk driver.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, data suggests that nearly one-third of all DUI arrests and convictions involve a repeat drunk driving offender. MADD also found through a compilation of studies that state that the average DUI offender has driven inebriated 87 times before being caught. Alisa’s Law targets this large group of repeat offenders head on.
â€œNaming this legislation after my daughter is an honor, and a message to the public that the fight against drunk driving is not going to end until there are no more victims of this violent crime,â€ Withers goes on to explain. States with similar laws in place have seen a great decrease in drunken driving deaths since the law was put in place. MADD goes on to explain that states, such as Oregon and Arizona, have decreased drunken driving deaths by more than 40 percent.
The bill was introduced by Representative Nita Lowry last week on Tuesday, July 8th. If the bill is passed, it will mean be a big win for Withers, and for MADD. National Transportation Safety Board, AAA, and many other large safety organization stand with MADD, and have endorsed the concept.
Eliminating drunk driving is a large feat, but MADD hopes that the passing of Alisa’s Law will be the push they need to continue efforts. While safe driving is always important, The Law Offices of J. Samuel Worley, LLC understands that mistakes can be made. If you are charged with a DUI, the Chicago DUI Criminal Defense Attorneys at The Law offices of J. Samuel Worley, LLC want to help. We offer support and legal advice to those who need it. Contact us today to set up a confidential and free initial consultation: 312-600-8655