Ignition Interlocks


STATE: MADD Calls for Improved Drunk Driving Laws in South Carolina


Ignition Interlocks Save Lives by Blocking Drunk Drivers from Starting their Vehicles


WHAT: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will join Gov. Henry McMaster and Sen. Brad Hutto and Rep. Eddie Tallon at a press conference Tuesday in favor of S 18, which will improve drunk driving laws and save lives in South Carolina.

S 18 would require all DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles upon conviction, making South Carolina the 33rd state to enact an all-offender ignition interlock law. It also would require ignition interlock installation in order to obtain a temporary driver’s license if the license is suspended for refusing to provide a breath sample.

WHEN:   Tuesday, February 12 p.m.

WHERE: North Steps of the South Carolina State House (rain location State House Rotunda)

              1100 Gervais St., Columbia, S.C.


Governor Henry McMaster

Sen. Brad Hutto and Rep. Eddie Tallon, bill sponsors

Retired Sen. Joel Lourie, original sponsor of “Emma’s Law”

Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds

David Longstreet, father of Emma Longstreet of “Emma’s Law”

Steven Burritt, Executive Director of MADD South Carolina State Office

*Watch a Facebook Live on MADD’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MADD.Official/

WHY:   Ignition interlocks save lives by preventing a vehicle from starting if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath. Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia require or highly incentivize ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders. Currently in South Carolina, judges are required to order all repeat offenders and first-time offenders with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or greater to install an ignition interlock.

Despite not being used to their fullest potential, ignition interlocks have prevented at least 8,725 attempts to drive drunk in South Carolina over the past 12 years. In 2018, ignition interlocks blocked 1,743 drunk driving attempts.

For more information on interlocks, visit www.madd.org/interlock.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT: Becky Iannotta at 202.600.2032 or becky.iannotta@madd.org, or Frank Harris at frank.harris@madd.org or 703.582.7495


About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads.  Learn more at www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.

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