Illinois’ crackdown on drunk driving is earning the state national recognition. MADD, in the fifth anniversary of its Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, says five states have earned its highest rating of five stars: Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, and Utah. MADD says these top states have adopted all of the following: a breath-activated ignition interlock device for drunk drivers; sobriety checkpoints; enhanced penalties for driving drunk while a child is in the car; punishment for refusing a test while under arrest; and license revocations.
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How the punishment correlates to prevention, says MADD Illinois executive director Susan McKeigue, is an educational matter: “You could say, ‘I only had two drinks,’ but they had two martinis or two Manhattans. There are three shots of alcohol in a martini.”