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MADD ranks West Virginia in top five best states for drunk driving laws


The Register-Herald

BECKLEY, W.Va. — A Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) report shows West Virginia is one of the top five best rated states for drunk driving laws.

MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving report rates state laws in five categories: conducting sobriety checkpoints; ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders with a .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and above; administratively revoking driving privileges upon arrest for drunk driving; creating enhanced penalties for those who drive drunk with children in the vehicle; and adopting penalties and expediting warrants for suspected drunk drivers who refuse an alcohol test.

The five highest-ranked states received a 4.5 out of 5 — Arizona, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada and West Virginia.

To help states pass the most effective drunk driving laws, MADD’s rating breaks the five categories down into two subcategories, allowing half-star ratings for states that need to improve their existing laws. For example, all states that conduct sobriety checkpoints receive a half-star, but those that conduct them at least once a month receive a full star.

Montana scored the lowest with just a half-star. Michigan scored the second lowest with just 1 star out of 5. The five other lowest-ranked states scored a 1.5 out of 5 — Idaho, Iowa, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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