Several states are taking steps to target “hard-core drunken drivers,” defined as drivers with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15% or higher, or offenders who have been arrested before for drunken driving within the past 10 years, reports USA Today. The country has undergone a cultural shift on drunken driving since Mothers Against Drunk Driving was founded in the early 1980s, but some drivers still haven’t gotten the message. Last year, more than 70% of all drunken-driving crashes involved hard-core offenders.
The National Transportation Safety Board has made combating hard-core drunken driving a top priority. It is urging states to adopt an 11-point program to reduce it. No state has adopted all 11 components, which include sobriety checkpoints and alternatives to jail. Several states took steps this year to fight the problem. Missouri passed a law requiring jail time for DUI offenders with blood-alcohol contents of 0.15% and higher. Vermont required hard-core drunken drivers to have vehicles equipped with ignitions that won’t start if the driver has been drinking. California authorized courts to order 10-year revocations of driver’s licenses for those convicted of drunken driving three or more times.