Wendy Davis was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving in their list of '2013 Legislative Champions' released yesterday. The list includes 89 lawmakers from around the country who have committed themselves to MADD's mission through their work.
This past session, Senator Davis authored SB 1418, which would have legalized the option of sobriety checkpoints. Unfortunately, this bill that would have helped keep drunk drivers off Texas roads did not see passage.
Texas leads the nation in deaths caused by drunk driving. In 2011, 1,213 people were killed in crashes caused by a drunk driver. Most states have enforced the option to conduct well publicized sobriety checkpoints. Texas would have been the 39th state to enact this kind of law. Sobriety checkpoints have helped states see reductions in drunk driving deaths by over 20 percent.
Wendy Davis was also a joint author on legislation with Senator Watson that increased the penalty to a second degree felony for individuals fleeing the scene of an accident that resulted in death.
“MADD applauds Senator Davis for authoring legislation to give law enforcement officers additional tools to enforce our DWI law. She is a true partner in efforts to keep our streets and highways safe.” said MADD North Texas Affiliate Executive Director Jeff Miracle.
Read Davis' press statement below the jump.
MADD Names Senator Wendy Davis a “2013 Legislative Champion”
AUSTIN – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) today recognized State Senator Wendy Davis as one of its “2013 Legislative Champions.” The award highlights Senator Davis' work within the Texas Legislature to stop drunk driving.
“MADD applauds Senator Davis for authoring legislation to give law enforcement officers additional tools to enforce our DWI laws. She is a true partner in efforts to keep our streets and highways safe,” said MADD North Texas Affiliate Executive Director Jeff Miracle.
“This award belongs to every Texan who has spoken out and done their part to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Wendy Davis. “More work must be done to support our first responders and law enforcement officers to stop drunk driving.”
Texas currently ranks as the state with the most drunk-driving related deaths in the nation – a fact that Senator Davis is dedicated to changing.
Sen. Davis helped pass legislation to enhance penalties for drunk drivers who cause catastrophic injuries to others. She also joint authored legislation with Senator Watson that increased the penalty for individuals fleeing the scene of an accident that resulted in death to 20 years.