TRENTON – Senator John H. Adler, D-Cherry Hill, a prime sponsor of Ricci’s Law, which would require all convicted drunk drivers to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles, issued the following statement in support of a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) news conference on the Statehouse steps, calling for action on the bill:
“Last year in New Jersey, nearly 200 people were killed by drunk drivers. Many of those deaths involved repeat drunk-driving offenders, some of whom were in violation of license and registration suspensions handed down at the time of their DUI conviction.
“If New Jersey had an ignition interlock law on the books for first-time offenders, many of those tragedies could have been avoided.
“Ignition interlock is a pretty simple concept. If you’re over the limit, you won’t be able to start your car. And you won’t pose a danger to yourself and others on the State’s roadways.
“We need to be preemptive in reducing the number of repeat drunk drivers in New Jersey and the number of deaths caused by drunk driving. Ignition interlock will spare families the pain of saying goodbye to a loved one who was taken before their time due to the negligence of a drunk driver.”