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MADD makes new plan to fight drunk driving

MADD makes new plan to fight drunk driving
By: Wes Wallace

According to statistics from Mother's Against Drunk Driving, nearly 13,000 people die each year because of someone driving under the influence of alcohol.

"If we can't stop drunks from driving, we'll stop vehicles from driving drunks,"  says Glynn Birch, president of MADD, "That's how we'll ultimately eliminate drunk driving today.

As part of a new MADD campaign, new technology will be put in convicted drunk driver's vehicles.  The person will have to breathe into a device that determines the presence of alcohol.  If detected, the car won't start.

It's all about making the road a safer place, and several people from Cape Girardeau tell us they like the concept.

"I think it would deter people from driving drunk, and I think it's a good idea,"  says Lisa Savage.

Susan Ayers agrees, "I think if you make the choice, then there's a consequence for every choice, and if you've been convicted, I think it's a great idea.  Being a mom, I would want every protection that my kids could have."

Not everyone thinks it's such a good idea.  "Not with just one offense.  People make mistakes and need a second chance,"  says Sandra Mills, "I think it's a good idea, but only on the second DUI."

MADD's most recent campaign also incorporates higher visibility of law enforcement procedures with more sobriety checkpoints, and crackdowns across all 50 states.

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