Schuitmaker sponsors MADD license plate

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation introduced on Wednesday in the Michigan Senate to 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.

“No one should have to suffer the devastation of losing a loved one because someone decided to drive under the influence,” said Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “This is a senseless, fatal crime that costs thousands of lives each year. I have had several opportunities to work with MADD to strengthen our laws against drunk drivers and I am confident their efforts will be aided by the funds raised through this license plate.”

Founded more than 35 years ago by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, MADD has evolved into one of the nation’s largest and one of the most influential organizations in America. Over the years, their mission has remained the same – to provide aid to the victims of drunk or drugged driving, and to increase public awareness of these crimes.

Senate Bill 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.

“The funds raised by this license plate will help continue spreading an important, life-saving message,” Schuitmaker said. “Throughout my service in the Legislature, I have sponsored and supported several pieces of legislation aimed at cracking down on drinking and driving. I think it is critically important that we continue to increase the pressure on offenders in order to keep our loved ones safe on the road.”

SB 808 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Transportation for further consideration.