Arkansas Receives Four Stars For Efforts Against Drunk Driving

November 21, 2011

Arkansas is doing more than most states to combat drunk driving according to a new report released by the advocacy group, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). According to the report released last Wednesday, the state received four out of five stars on a national report card that evaluated each state’s drunk-driving countermeasures.

The report was released in conjunction with the group’s fifth anniversary of the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®, and reviewed what each state was doing to combat drunk driving. Arkansas received its rating for:

  • Conducting sobriety checkpoints
  • Having enhanced penalties for those who drive drunk with children in the car
  • Requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers
  • Using administrative license revocation for drunken driving offenders

The state would have received a five-star rating if they would have taken part in “no refusal” checkpoints that allow officers to receive warrants on-site for blood samples from drivers who refuse to submit to testing.

MADD’s report also offered updated figures for the cost of drunk driving to American taxpayers. They say accidents caused by intoxicated drivers cost Americans $132 billion annually.

The Arkansas Auto Accident Attorneys with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton are encouraged by the MADD’s assessment of Arkansas. If you have been injured in an drunk driving accident at no fault of your own, you may not know what to do. Recently, founding attorney, Mike Rainwater, spoke about what to do to protect yourself after a crash.

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