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Mothers Against Drunk Driving names Sen. Adams, Rep. Benvenuti 2017 Legislators of the Year

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has named two Kentucky 2017 Legislators of the Year for their tireless work to help eliminate the 100 percent preventable crime of drunk driving.

Senator Julie Raque Adams and Representative Robert Benvenuti sponsored the HB 222, which ended shock probation for DUI offenders who kill. The bill passed and was signed into law this year. Rep. Benvenuti is also continuing to work with MADD volunteers on DUI boating laws.

“MADD thanks Senator Adams and Representative Benvenuti for leading the charge to nullify ‘shock probation,’ which amounted to nothing more than a slap on the wrist to drunk driving offenders who killed someone. We are grateful for their dedication to the victims of the 100 percent preventable crime,” said Rosalind Donald, victim services specialist for MADD Kentucky.

In all, MADD recognized 42 lawmakers for their commitment to saving lives. For the full list, visit madd.org.

Many of the 2017 Legislators of the Year have played a major role in MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, which was launched in 2006. A key component of the Campaign calls for the passage of all-offender interlock laws, which require the use of an ignition interlock for any convicted drunk driver who seeks driving privileges during a license suspension period. Prior to the Campaign, only one state — New Mexico — had an all-offender interlock law. Today, 30 states and Washington D.C. have enacted all-offender interlock laws.

Other components of MADD’s Campaign include supporting high-visibility law enforcement, such as sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols, advocating for development of the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), which is an advanced vehicle technology to passively detect alcohol on a driver’s breath, and supporting deployment of fully autonomous vehicles.

From Mother’s Against Drunk Driving

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