Senator Paul Bussman Named Legislator of the Year BY MADD

by | Nov 7, 2017 | City News, County News, Cullman, Cullman City, Good Hope, Hanceville, Lawrence, Legislators, Senator Paul Bussman, Winston

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) today honored their “2017 Legislators of the Year” for their tireless work to help eliminate the 100 percent preventable crime of drunk driving.

Senator Paul Bussman (R) of Cullman was named Alabama 2017 Legislator of the Year.

In making the announcement, MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church said:

“MADD is proud to recognize and thank these 42 lawmakers who joined us in our mission to end this public safety crisis on our roadways and to serve victims of this violent crime.

Sadly, drunk driving remains the leading killer on our roads, and the numbers have increased for two straight years. We depend on the support and dedication of state legislators to reverse this trend and stop these tragedies.”

Bussman and many legislators nationwide have played a significant role in MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, which was launched in 2006.

A vital 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 the development of the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS).

DADSS is an advanced vehicle technology to passively detect alcohol on a driver’s breath, and supporting the deployment of fully autonomous vehicles.

Senator Jim McClendon and Alabam Representative Arnold Mooney were also honored representing Alabama.

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 or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Senator Paul Bussman Named Legislator of the Year BY MADD

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