Only 12 states get MADD’s 5-stars for drunk driving laws; Arizona among them

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 2.28.21 PMBy Lori Grisham | USA TODAY

Mothers Against Drunk Driving released a report Thursday rating all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their efforts to stop drunk driving fatalities. The report is the latest release from the group’s Campaign To Eliminate Drunk Driving, a project that began in 2006 and involves working with legislators and law enforcement to create stronger laws.

“The report is such a great thumbnail of where we are in the country,” Colleen Sheehey-Church, president of MADD, told USA TODAY Network.

MADD created a five-star system for the report that looks at five different areas of countermeasures that can be taken to prevent drunk driving fatalities. While laws varied, states received a star for each criterion that they fulfill. Those categories are:

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