Schuitmaker honored as ‘2016 Legislator of the Year’

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

LANSING, Mich. — Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on Thursday recognized state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker as “Legislator of the Year” for her work in sponsoring legislation aimed at putting an end to drunk driving in Michigan.

Schuitmaker was chosen for her work as the sponsor of Senate Bill 808, which would create a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) license plate that would raise funds to assist in raising awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving, as well as supporting the families and victims of drunk driving accidents.

“There is no reason that families should continue to suffer because someone decided to drive under the influence,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “This is a senseless crime that is 100 percent preventable. I have worked with MADD on several occasions over the years and I am both honored and humbled to be chosen as one of their legislators of the year.”

SB 808 would allow the secretary of state to create a MADD fundraising license plate and assign all proceeds from the sale of these plates to assist MADD in carrying out its mission.

“Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s tireless efforts to prevent unnecessary accidents and deaths caused by drunk driving has had a positive impact all over the country. The work they do is so important for making our roads safer for everyone,” said Schuitmaker. “The funds raised by this license plate will help advance their mission and continue spreading an important message.  The more people we are able to reach, the more lives that can be saved.”

SB 808 is currently before the Senate Committee on Transportation for further consideration.