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MADD honors Westerfield, Heath as “Legislators of the Year” for support of ignition interlock legislation

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has named two Kentucky “2019 Legislators of the Year” for their tireless work to pass a law requiring ignition interlocks for every drunk driver after the first offense. On March 26, Kentucky became the 33rd state in the nation with an all-offender law, thanks to Senate Judiciary Chairman Whitney Westerfield, who authored the lifesaving legislation, and Representative...

Social responsibility impact report highlights KDA’s efforts to craft better drinking culture

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association released its first-ever social responsibility impact report that outlines the group’s significant progress since boosting its leadership and commitment to this top industry priority two years ago. The report, titled “Crafting A Better Drinking Culture,” reflects on the progress made with key stakeholders towards the industry’s data-driven efforts to reduce...

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...

Nationwide Mutual Insurance to pay state $80,000 following settlement over data breach

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky’s General Fund will receive $80,000 from a settlement with the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company, concerning an October 2012 data breach. The data breach was allegedly caused by the failure to apply a critical security patch. It resulted in the loss of personal information...

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Jefferson County cracking down on impaired driving during holidays

Motorists traveling to the Louisville/Jefferson County region over the holidays should be aware of a crackdown on drunk driving. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Brown-Forman joined other Louisville Highway Safety Committee team members, to kick off the holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in Louisville. “Although agencies place...

Law enforcement officers from across Kentucky honored for efforts to target impaired drivers

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety honored 142 law enforcement officers from 117 agencies across the state for their efforts to target impaired drivers. The 2015 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards were presented to officers with the most impaired-driving arrests in each agency. “Impaired driving is not an accident – it’s an epidemic of careless disregard for human life,”...

Road rage, careless driving, swerving cars – oh my! States with worst drivers identified

Road rage, careless driving, swerving cars: these may all be things you encounter during your normal commute. And the thought “This state has the worst drivers!” may cross your mind from time to time.   Well, now we know for sure which state has the worst (and best) drivers, at least according to CarInsuranceComparison.com in its update on the driving statistics. It’s Louisiana. The...