Rhode Island ranks as one of the five-worst states in America at preventing drunk driving, according to a new report by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). According to the report, Montana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Dakota each earned one star on 1 to 5 scale that measures the effectiveness of each state in passing laws and employing drunk driving countermeasures.
According to the report, estate’s rating was determined by adoption of the following proven drunk driving countermeasures:
- Requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers;
- Conducting sobriety checkpoints;
- Creating enhanced penalties for those who drive drunk with children in the vehicle;
- Participating in “no-refusal” activities for those suspected of drunk driving ;
- Utilizing Administrative License Revocation for drunk driving offenders.
Connecticut and Massachusetts each had three stars. Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and Utah were the only states to receive five stars.
The report also says that drunk driving kills about 11,000 people annually on U.S. roads.