Washington, DC, August 14 -- The National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC) joined The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at a press conference unveiling the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign aimed at reducing drunk driving. The campaign was launched in conjunction with the release of NHTSA's annual survey results, which found that while drunk driving deaths decreased in 2010, over 70% were caused by drivers whose blood alcohol levels were nearly twice the .08 legal limit.


NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touted DWI Courts and the use of ignition interlock systems as critical tools in the effort to reduce drunk driving. The National Center for DWI Courts recently released guidelines to assist DWI Courts in the implementation and use of the interlock with the repeat and high BAC offenders.

“Combining DWI Courts and ignition interlocks melds together two proven solutions,” said NCDC Senior Director David Wallace. “While the DWI Court team works to change participant behavior, the interlock further protects public safety.”   The first year of a three year study underway in Michigan found that DWI Courts using ignition interlocks have achieved 100% compliance with all eligible participants installing the device and not one arrest for impaired driving.  “It doesn’t get any more effective than that,” he said.

 

NCDC Director David Wallace holds up the new Guidelines for the use of ignition interlock in DWI Courts

 

“With the new ignition interlock guidelines, DWI Courts now have an important tool to help keep drunk drivers from putting others at risk,” said Administrator Strickland. “Our campaign makes a simple point: if you choose to drive drunk you will be held accountable. Drive sober or get pulled over.”

Click here to download the Guidelines for the Use of Ignition Interlock Devices in DWI Courts.

 

Law enforcement demonstrates a sobriety checkpoint.

 

 

NCDC Senior Director David Wallace fields questions about DWI Courts.