MADD honors Crowe and Cochran

From Staff Reports

   The organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving recently honored Sen. Rusty Crowe and Rep. Jerome Cochran for their efforts to pass legislation dealing with drunk driving.
   Crowe and Cochran received the honor Legislator of the Year during the MADD Tennessee Excellence Awards held in Nashville this week for sponsoring DUI legislation dealing with harsher punishment for an offender who leaves the scene of a crash. These offenders usually face lesser charges.
   The bill was passed last year in the House 98-1 but died in the Senate Judiciary Committee after a 3-3 vote.
   Legislators will try to pass the bill again this year.
   MADD was founded in 1980. Since its inception, MADD has reduced the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities by 33 percent and has been instrumental in passing over 2,300 impaired driving prevention laws, according to a released statement.
   The mission of the organization, according to the press release, is "to stop drunk driving, to support the victims of this violen crime, and to prevent underage drinking."