Advocates strongly supports measures to counter drunk driving, including bills introduced this Congress. Most recently, the surface transportation reauthorization legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), was signed into law, Public Law 112-141. This new law includes incentive grant programs to encourage states to adopt stronger state impaired driving laws.
Newly enacted state impaired driving provisions include:
- Permits cooperative research to develop in-vehicle alcohol detection systems to prevent drivers with illegally high blood alcohol levels from driving motor vehicles.
- An incentive program that provides grant funds to states that require all individuals convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while intoxicated to use alcohol ignition interlock devices (IIDs), and allows for high visibility law enforcement campaigns to deter drunk driving.