Mothers Against Drunk Driving announces Michigan Legislators of the Year

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has named two Michigan “2017 Legislators of the Year” for their tireless work to fight drunk driving and to support the victims of these 100 percent preventable crimes.

Representative Klint Kesto authored HB 4078, which would require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders, and Representative Pat Green authored legislation that would renew Michigan’s law that sets .08 BAC as the legal threshold for alcohol intoxication in Michigan.

“MADD is grateful to Representative Kesto and Representative Green for championing legislation that will help prevent the senseless tragedies caused by the violent, preventable crime of drunk driving. Their leadership will help us reach our goal of No More Victims,” said MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church.

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

Many of the 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.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD has helped to save more than 350,000 lives, reduce drunk driving deaths by more than 50 percent and promote designating a non-drinking driver. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for law enforcement support, ignition interlocks for all offenders and advanced vehicle technology. MADD has provided supportive services to nearly one million drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local victim advocates and the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. Visit www.madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.

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