Alcohol Related Motor Vehicle Crashes

Prevention of Alcohol-Related Crashes

Influencing Policy & Legislation

Support statewide legislation to:

  • Allow for sobriety checkpoints
  • Require mandatory ignition interlocks for all DWI offenders
  • Create DWI courts to assist with the court system backlog
  • Support legislation that limits youth access to alcohol

Support county or municipal policies that:

  • Requires bond in Intoxication Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault cases
  • Support ‘No Refusal’ blood search warrant programs
  • Do not allow DWI offenders to take out a ‘Personal Recognizance’ bond
Man crying on his old damaged car after crash accident

Changing Organizational Practices

  • Encourage local District Attorneys to eliminate the practice of ‘busting down’ or down-grading DWI charges (i.e. changing a DWI arrest to a Public Intoxication charge)
  • Encourage county commissioner’s court to require the use of ignition interlock as a condition of bond when DWI offenders must be released due to jail overcrowding
  • Review and update your facility’s stance on providing toxicology reports to District Attorney’s offices when a crash fatality or permanent injury occurs
  • Work with hospitals to implement Screeing, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Fostering Coalitions & Networks

  • Participate in local coalitions (i.e., MADD coalition, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, etc.)
  • Plan interventions with multiple partners, including: law enforcement, alcohol retailers, community leaders, schools, parents, etc.

Educating Providers

  • Promote “Server Education” programs for bartenders and staff who serve alcohol at restaurants
  • Provide a presentation on alcohol metabolism to staff
  • Host a MADD Death Notification Training seminar for staff and professionals

Promoting Community Education

  • Participate in community education campaigns, such as MADD’s “Tie One On For Safety,” Red Ribbon Week, etc.
  • Promote “Safe Rides” programs
  • Support enhanced enforcement efforts (retailer compliance checks) to reduce alcohol sales to minors

Strengthening Individual Knowledge & Skills

  • Implement Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

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