The controller and vice president of accounting at GridLiance, Tim Salvesen has spent the past 15 years working in the finance industry. An active member of his community, Tim Salvesen has contributed to several organizations in the past, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Since its founding in 1980, MADD has worked to reduce drunk driving and drunk driving accidents. Despite its many efforts, the organization called for continued work following the release of a recent accident report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the report, 35,092 individuals died in traffic crashes in 2015. Of these, 10,265, or just under 30 percent, involved drunk driving.
These results show an increase from 2014, which was the first year since 2011 that drunk driving crashed fell below 10,000. MADD used the new data to highlight the importance of its Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. The campaign’s primary feature is promoting the addition of ignition interlock laws in individual states which has helped reduce drunk driving deaths by 24 percent. NHTSA’s data supports the positive impact of these interlock laws by showing that the states that have enacted them have seen continued decreases in drunk driving deaths.
Currently, 28 states, along with the District of Columbia, have enacted ignition interlock laws. These states have seen up to 50 percent reductions in drunk driving deaths since the laws were passed. MADD continues to work to get these laws passed in the remaining states to further reduce the number of deaths reported each year.