A reluctant poster child

via Interlock Facts


If you’re like us, you may have opened up USA Today and saw a full-page ad with Lindsay Lohan’s infamous DUI mugshot and thought WTF?!?

The ad is a statement against enforcing ignition interlocks, which prevent drunk drivers from starting their cars, in all U.S. vehicles, a campaign which groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving are currently promoting.

"Ignition interlocks,” read the ad, “A good idea for:" (Lohan) "But a bad idea for us:" showing pictures of a wedding couple happily toasting each other, and adults toasting martinis and hoisting beers.

The Interlock Facts ad was paid for by the American Beverage Institute, a restaurant trade association linked to U.S. wine, beer and spirits suppliers.

CGG thought the ad was a bit ageist. As if adults don't drive drunk? Lohan’s lawyer, Blair Berk, seemed to agree. In a statement he issued on Friday, he said "USA Today is idiotic to run such an irresponsible advertisement suggesting that drinking and driving is some kind of American 'tradition' we should protect. Not identifying that this ad was paid for by the liquor and restaurant industries is profoundly reckless. Drunk white businessmen, drunk housewives out for girls night out and drunk wedding parties should be kept off the roads of America. Lindsay Lohan fully endorses ignition interlock devices, which have been well-proven to save lives."

And let’s not forget that Lindsay (who is now a legal 21) has completed rehab three times, and since her brief arrest, has kept out of trouble.

What do you think about the ad? Would mandatory ignition interlocks be a violation of our civil liberties, or would they help lower drunk driving incidents nationwide? Let us know here.

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