Media Advisory – MADD Calls on Pennsylvania General Assembly to Require Interlocks for All Convicted Drunk Drivers

WHAT:
Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) will announce the findings of its first-ever Ignition Interlock Report and to join Senator John Rafferty and Representative Keith Greiner to urge the Legislature to pass SB 290 and HB 278 to require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 15
12 p.m. press conference                 

WHERE:
Capitol Media Center
Harrisburg, PA

WHO:

Drunk driving victims, legislators and MADD

  • Chris Demko of Lancaster, whose 18-year-old daughter Meredith was killed by a repeat drunk driving offender in 2014.
  • Natalie Parkinson of Pittsburgh, whose 26-year-old daughter Renee was killed by a drunk driver in 2007.
  • Senator John Rafferty, bill sponsor
  • Representative Keith Greiner, bill sponsor

WHY:

In 2014, 345 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania lawmakers have the opportunity to pass a life-saving law that would require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, which have reduced drunk driving deaths by up to 50 percent in other states.

Across the nation, ignition interlocks have prevented 1.77 million drunk driving attempts. They are working in Pennsylvania, and expanding their use to all drunk drivers will save lives.

MADD supports ignition interlocks for all drunk drivers because using these in-car devices protects the public while allowing offenders to keep their jobs and continue with their daily lives. 

VISUALS:     In-car demonstration of an ignition interlock immediately follows.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT: Becky Iannotta (202) 600-2032 or becky.iannotta@madd.org.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads.  Learn more at www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.