Ashley Millner, MDOT MVA MHSO
13th Annual Walk Like MADD Event Includes MDOT MVA Discussion
of New Law and Use of Technology to Combat Drunk, Drugged Driving
‘Seat Belts Look Good on You’ Initiative Offers Reward for Passage of Road Skills Test
The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) will join the Maryland affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to kick off the 13th annual Walk Like MADD event. Officials will also discuss legislation that will take effect October 1 to combat drunk and drugged driving, as well as new alcohol detection technology. Funds raised through Walk Like MADD help to further MADD’s mission to eliminate impaired driving through high-visibility enforcement, ignition interlocks and support for the development of advanced technology. MDOT MVA has partnered with MADD over the years to implement programs to combat impaired driving.
Earlier this year, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law House Bill 707, which increases penalties for those convicted of a DUI or DWI for first-time and subsequent offenders. Stiffer penalties, including increased fines and jail time for repeat offenders and the doubling of penalties for first and repeat offenders if they transport a minor while impaired by drugs or alcohol, are a part of the legislation that will take effect October 1.
MDOT MVA and MADD officials will be available for media interviews. There will also be opportunities to get B-roll of the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety program demonstration vehicle. Using sensors built into the panels of the vehicle, alcohol detection technology measures the level of alcohol on a driver’s naturally exhaled breath.
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Canton Waterfront Park
3001 Boston Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
Chrissy Nizer, MDOT MVA Administrator and Governor Hogan’s Highway Safety Representative
Lisa Spicknall, Executive Director, MADD Maryland
Joe Sikes, Chairman, MADD Maryland Advisory Board
Approximately one-third of Maryland’s roadway deaths each year involve impaired driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the technology used in the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety has the potential to reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 60 percent and save lives on our roadways.