MADD Report Gives RI One Star out of Five
“PROVIDENCE, RI. (WPRI) – Rhode Island is among five states that are doing the worst jobs of combating drunken driving, according to a report released Wednesday by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
MADD’s Report to the Nation rates each state on its progress toward eliminating drunk driving, based on factors such as the passing of effective laws and the use of drunk driving countermeasures.
Rhode Island’s efforts received only one star, on a scale of one through five. Montana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota were the only other states to receive the lowest rating.
The report criticizes Rhode Island for not legalizing sobriety checkpoints, not requiring convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlocks, and for lacking swift consequences for driving under the influence (DUI) convictions.
Neighboring states Connecticut and Massachusetts both finished in the middle of the pack, with three stars each.
Only Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and Utah each received a perfect five-star rating.”
Read the original article, by Darren Soens, at WPRI.com.
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