Mothers Against Drunk Driving honors Sandack for legislative work
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) honored State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Dist. 81) on Wednesday as a Legislator of the Year for his legislative efforts to combat drunk driving on Illinois roads.
Sandack was one of 70 lawmakers across the nation to be recognized with the award.
"MADD sincerely appreciates Representative Sandack for his dedication to eliminating the completely preventable crime of drunk driving,” MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church said. “MADD counts on dedicated lawmakers like Representative Sandack who share our mission of creating a nation with No More Victims."
One of Sandack’s main contributions this year was his work on HB 3533, which was signed into law as PA 99-0296 in August. The legislation amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to require drivers convicted of a second offense for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicating compounds to install a breathalyzer in their vehicle’s ignition device for five years. The breathalyzer requires a test each time the key is inserted into vehicle's ignition. If the driver’s breath registers any presence of alcohol, the vehicle will not start.
The law also requires that anyone using the breathalyzer-ignition device must drive under a restricted permit that makes them ineligible to apply for a new driver’s license until the five-year period is completed.
“By taking steps to prevent repeat offenders from prematurely regaining full driving privileges, we are helping MADD advance their mission,” Sandack said. “It was a pleasure to serve as the chief co-sponsor of HB 3533, and I sincerely appreciate MADD’s recognition of my efforts to keep our roads safe.”
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