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MADD Report Gives Minn. and Wis. Poor Grades in Drunk Driving Prevention

Updated: 02/18/2014 10:49 PM
Created: 02/18/2014 9:53 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A new report by Mothers Against Drunk Driving gives Minnesota and Wisconsin bad grades when it comes to preventing drunk driving.

Both states received a two out of five.

The organization said Minnesota needs to pass laws to allow for sobriety checkpoints and require ignition interlocks for all convicted offenders with a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent or higher.

The report covers five categories; ignition interlocks, sobriety checkpoints, license restrictions for drunk drivers, additional penalties for DWIs while a kid is in the car, and whether or not a driver has the right to refuse a blood alcohol test.

MADD also gave a two rating to Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming. Only Montana and Rhode Island rated lower.

States that earned the top scores of five include Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missoui, Nebraska, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

The report was released a week before lawmakers head back to work. MADD hopes this will influence some of their decisions.

Image: MADD

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