2016 MADD Report to the Nation

The 2016 Mothers Against Drunk Driving report to the nation was released this month, ranking Utah high in drunk driving prevention efforts. Utah received a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars receiving full points for having an all offender interlock law and expedited warrants. Utah received half points in several categories including child endangerment, license revocation and sobriety checkpoints which are conducted throughout the state but are not done monthly. Neighboring Colorado received 4 out of 5 stars, ranking them in the top ten states in the nation for drunk driving prevention efforts. The difference between Colorado and Utah is that sobriety checkpoints are performed at least monthly in Colorado. On the other end of the spectrum, Wyoming received 1.5 stars, ranking them in the bottom 5 states in the nation. The 2016 Mothers Against Drunk Driving report states that the national average came out at 2.91 stars out of 5. Among the main campaign initiatives of the organization for 2016 has been to push for high visibility law enforcement.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.