Monday, September 04, 2000

MADD praises change in law


Callahan helped get tougher DUI standard

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WILDER — Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has praised state Rep. Jim Callahan and other Kentucky lawmakers for toughening Kentucky's drunken-driving laws.

        Mr. Callahan, a Wilder Democrat and the House Majority Caucus chairman, was among the lead sponsors of a bill that, among other provisions, lowered the level used to determine intoxication from a 0.10 blood-alcohol level to 0.08.

        The law goes into effect Oct. 1.

        “By enacting this important life-saving legislation, the state of Kentucky is responsibly addressing the threat that impaired driving poses and taking proactive steps in order to protect the citizens of this great state,” MADD National President Millie Webb said last week. “With great leadership great things can be accomplished,” she said.

        MADD has been pushing for states to toughen their blood-alcohol standards. Kentucky is the 18th state to do so, Ms. Webb said.

        “(Kentucky's) efforts are of great support to MADD's ongoing campaign to estab lish the 0.08 alcohol content as the national standard,” she said.

        Mr. Callahan, whose daughter was critically injured by a drunken driver four years ago, said many lawmakers who voted for the bill were swayed by research showing that a driver is impaired with a 0.08 blood alcohol level.

        “People whose judgment and reflexes are impaired by alcohol have no business behind the wheel of a vehicle,” he said. “Kentucky's new drunken driving laws will help save lives while sending a message that we're serious about protecting people on Kentucky's roads and highways.”

       



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