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Mothers Against Drunk Driving Announces 2022 Legislators of the Year 

State Lawmakers Recognized for Advancing MADD’s Mission to End Drunk Driving 

IRVING, TX — Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is proud to announce our 2022 Legislators of the Year – state lawmakers who played a major role in MADD’s mission to eliminate alcohol- and drug-impaired driving and support the victims of these 100% preventable crimes.   

In all, MADD recognized 65 state lawmakers for their commitment to saving lives and preventing injuries. These MADD champions represent 23 states, including 11 from New York, nine from Tennessee, five from Colorado, four from Florida, Maryland and Virginia, three from Alabama, two from Illinois, Louisiana, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin, and one from Arizona, California, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina and Vermont.   

“People are dying on America’s roads at levels not seen since 2002, but these 65 lawmakers are taking action to reverse the deadly trend,” said MADD National President Alex Otte. “MADD is grateful for the commitment of these legislative champions to eliminating the 100% preventable crime of impaired driving and boating, protecting their communities and supporting victims and survivors whose lives were forever changed by someone else’s choice.”    

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving deaths increased by 13% from 2019 to 2020. Preliminary estimates for 2021 indicate another increase in drunk driving deaths nationally.   

Ignition interlock legislation. MADD honored 22 lawmakers for their efforts to advance ignition interlock legislation. Since 2006, MADD has pushed state lawmakers to enact laws requiring these devices for all convicted drunk drivers for at least six months. Due to MADD’s advocacy, 34 states and Washington, D.C., have enacted such laws with many making improvements to their existing interlock laws. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that mandatory interlock laws reduce drunk driving deaths by 16%.   

Boating under the influence. MADD honored 14 lawmakers for their efforts to improve boating under the influence laws. These legislative activities coincided with the launch of MADD’s national boating under the influence campaign, “Know Before You Boat,” led by MADD National President Alex Otte, who was nearly killed by a drunk boater when she was 13.  

Bentley’s Law. For the first time ever, MADD honored 10 lawmakers for introducing legislation to require impaired drivers to pay child support when an impaired driver causes a crash that kills a parent or guardian of children under 18. The proposal is called Bentley’s Law, led by Cecilia Williams, whose son Cordell, his fiancée Lacey and their 4-month-old son Cordell II were killed by an alleged drunk driver. Bentley is Cordell’s and Lacey’s son, who is being raised by Cecilia Williams along with his brother, Mason.      

Ensuring justice for victims. MADD honored the Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives for his efforts to improve sentencing in vehicular homicide crashes. MADD also honored five lawmakers in New York and Virginia to ensure victims can adequately seek just compensation through civil means following a crash.  

.05 BAC legislation. MADD honored five lawmakers for authoring .05 BAC legislation.   

For a detailed listing of each lawmaker’s accomplishment, visit 2022-madd-legislators-of-the-year.  

2022 MADD Legislators of the Year:  

Alabama 

Representative Arnold Mooney 

Representative Proncey Robertson 

Representative Ginny Shaver 

Arizona 

Senator Tyler Pace 

California 

Assembly Member Tom Lackey  

Colorado 

Senator John Cooke 

Senator Chris Hansen 

Representative Shannon Bird 

Representative Hugh McKean 

Representative Dylan Roberts  

Florida 

Representative Joe Casello 

Senator Lori Berman 

Representative Tyler Sirois 

Senator Travis Hutson 

Georgia 

Representative Bill Hitchens 

Illinois 

Former Senator John Connor 

Representative Tom Weber 

Louisiana 

Representative Mark Wright 

Representative Jonathan Goudeau 

Kentucky 

Representative Patrick Flannery 

Senator Ralph Alvarado  

Maryland 

Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary 

Senator Jeff Waldstreicher 

Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith 

Senator Jack Bailey 

Missouri 

Representative Mike Henderson 

Representative Mark Sharp  

New Jersey 

Senate President Nicholas Scutari 

New York 

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner 

Senator Jeremy Cooney 

Assemblyman William Magnarelli 

Senator John Liu 

Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon 

Senator Brad Hoylman 

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein 

Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre 

Senator James Gaughran 

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef 

Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick 

North Carolina 

Representative John Faircloth 

Senator Daniel Britt  

Ohio 

Representative Diane Grendell  

Oklahoma 

Senator Darrell Weaver 

Senator Kim David  

Pennsylvania 

Representative Christopher Quinn 

Senator Marty Flynn  

South Carolina 

Senator Brad Hutto 

Tennessee 

Speaker Cameron Sexton 

Former Senator Mike Bell 

Senator Jack Johnson 

Representative William Lamberth 

Representative Brandon Ogles 

Senator Dawn White 

Senator Becky Massey 

Representative Dale Carr  

Vermont 

Representative George Till  

Virginia 

Delegate Chris Runion 

Senator Mark Obenshain 

Senator Emmett Hanger 

Delegate Jeffrey Campbell 

Washington 

Senator John Lovick 

Senator Marko Liias 

Wisconsin 

Senator Chris Larson 

Representative Deb Andraca 

 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 400,000 lives, reduce drunk driving deaths by more than 50% 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. 

Contact: Becky Iannotta, 202.600.2032, [email protected] 

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