Montana and Rhode Island could be doing a lot more to combat drunk driving.
That’s the conclusion of a new report by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which ranks states by their attempts to crack down on people who drive under the influence.
The report finds that both Montana and Rhode Island have made little progress in requiring vehicles to be equipped with ignition interlocks for convicted drunk-driving offenders, setting up sobriety checkpoints, revoking licenses for previous offenders and issuing warrants for those who refuse to submit to a blood test or Breathalyzer.
The only area where MADD found some progress in Montana and Rhode Island, both of which only received one star out of the group’s five-star system rating of state prevention measures, was in child endangerment laws that allow for additional penalties for drunk drivers who have a child as a passenger.
Thirteen states received five stars from MADD, many of which were in the South and Midwest.