House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington) has been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) as one of their 2016 Legislators of the Year, an award that the organization offers to recognize legislators that share MADD’s mission to eliminate drunk driving.
“It is an honor to be named a MADD Legislator of the Year,” Aresimowicz said in a press release. “I am proud to work with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to support the important and tireless work of MADD’s campaign to eliminate drunk driving.”
Aresimowicz was honored for his work on key legislation passed this year in Connecticut that supports MADD’s mission, including Public Act 16-126, which creates a DUI child endangerment law that adds penalties for driving impaired with a child passenger, and Public Act 16-182, An Act Concerning A Diversionary Program for Persons Under Age Twenty-One For Motor Vehicle Violation And Crimes Related To Underage Drinking.
“MADD is proud to work with these leaders in the battle against the leading killer on our nation’s roadways,” MADD president Colleen Sheehey-Church said in the release. “With more than 10,000 drunk driving deaths every year in America, we must continue to push for smart laws that will help us create a nation of No More Victims.”
MADD recognized 69 lawmakers nationwide and 14 in Connecticut for their work and commitment to saving lives.