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Michigan legislators do poorly in preventing drunk driving

The residents of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, want safe streets for themselves and for their families. One of the most important parts of making that happen is keeping drunk drivers off the streets so those drunk drivers don't wreck property, injure some people, kill others or wind up in criminal defense cases. After all, drunk drivers tend to be careless drivers, and they react poorly to dangerous situations, imperiling everyone around them.

Unfortunately, a review of drunk driving laws across the country by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) put Michigan laws way down in the lowest 10 percent of the country. Michigan only got 1 of 5 stars, an abysmal rating, in MADD's 2018 Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving Report to the Nation.

A spokesperson for MADD said that Michigan was the second worst state among all 50 states. The spokesperson also said that MADD wants to work with Michigan legislators to get laws passed that could help to prevent drunk driving.

Some of the things MADD advocates include sobriety checkpoints, the use of ignition interlocks on the vehicles of suspected drunk drivers as a precautionary measure, enhanced penalties for everyone who drives drunk with children in their vehicle and Administrative License Revocation for drunk drivers. MADD believes that these measures go a long way towards preventing drunk driving and thus toward preventing people from being hurt or killed by drunk drivers, which is MADD's core mission.

MADD has spent 38 years working to get states to pass laws that will protect people from drunk drivers, and the group would like Michigan to do so. The hope is that Michigan residents will take a minute to email or call their state legislator and demand better laws against drunk driving. After all, the families of Michigan deserve to have safe streets.

Source: Michigan Chronicle, "Michigan’s drunk driving laws second worst in the nation," Jan. 30, 2018

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