Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is attempting to garner support in the state of Texas to curb drunk driving cases and save lives. Two bills are currently in consideration in the Lone Star State; the first hopes to establish sobriety checkpoints, currently illegal in the state. The second calls for interlock devices to be installed in the vehicle of first time offenders to prove sobriety before the engine can be started. The two proposals have stalled in committee. The organization’s CEO, Debbie Weir, has stated that Texas currently holds the highest number of alcohol-related deaths in the nation.
Weir has expressed concern that drunk drivers receive support for their actions, citing an incident involving State Representative Naomi Gonzalez. Rep. Gonzalez allegedly drove drunk and injured a cyclist. On the House floor, she expressed remorse for her actions, which was met with applause by her peers. Weir stated that victims, their family members and law enforcement officers deserve praise. The organization, according to Weir, is not about punishing drunk drivers, but to prevent alcohol-related incidents. This is the fourth attempt MADD has made to draw support to pass the bills into law.
If you have been injured in an alcohol-related accident, contact a personal injury lawyer from the law office of McAllen’s J. Gonzalez Injury Attorneys at 956.630.6700.