MADD Honors Rep. Chip Baltimore as “Legislative Champion”

Chip BaltimoreOn Monday, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers released their nationwide list of “Legislative Champions” across the country.  Among those honored, was our own Representative Chip Baltimore, of Boone.  Rep. Baltimore was honored for is hard work and dedication to House File 571, a bill that deals with temporary restricted licenses and ignition interlock devices for OWI offenses.  Below is MADD’s press release.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Announces 2013 MADD Legislative Champions

State Lawmakers Recognized for Efforts to Advance MADD’s Mission

Washington, DC—Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) today announced its “2013 Legislative Champions” within state legislatures for their contribution to eliminate drunk driving. The introduction of legislation by these lawmakers to advance MADD’s mission and expand the use of ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers has been key in saving lives on the nation’s roads. Also, MADD recognized lawmakers who authored legislation promoting victim rights, drunk driving child endangerment legislation, and proposals supporting high visibility law enforcement activities such as sobriety checkpoints or no refusals, all key components in our quest to end this violent crime.

“MADD graciously thanks these lawmakers who authored legislation improving their state’s drunk driving laws,” said MADD National President Jan Withers. “MADD is thankful for their work on legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers or legalizing the option of sobriety checkpoints—countermeasures proven to save lives and prevent injuries.”

A major portion of MADD’s advocacy efforts in states originates from itsCampaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® that was launched in 2006. Two key components of the Campaign call for laws requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers and support for high-visibility law enforcement programs to catch drunk drivers on our roads and to discourage others from getting behind the wheel.  Prior to the Campaign, only one state (New Mexico), required ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. Today, 20 states require or highly incentivize the use of ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. Also through MADD’s advocacy work in 2013, drunk driving laws were strengthened on other fronts to improve public health and save lives.

In total, MADD acknowledged 89 lawmakers for their tireless work and commitment to advancing MADD’s mission.

Click here to see MADD’s press release on their website.