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State Reps. Al Adinolfi (R-103) and Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) have been recognized statewide by advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for their outstanding commitment to promoting safe and sober driving through legislation.
The Cheshire lawmakers have supported concepts strengthening intoxicated driving laws, and because of their continued support, will be decorated with MADD’s Public Policy Award during a ceremony this fall. Under a 2014 bill, introduced by Adinolfi and co-sponsored by Zupkus, anyone charged with DUI with children present would face a felony risk of injury.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the good people at MADD,” two-time award recipient Adinolfi said. “I am grateful for their support. We cannot be a society that tolerates reckless driving or one that condones compromising public safety. Safe roads and the overall well-being of our children are dependent on tough drunk-driving laws.”
“It’s an honor to have my efforts recognized by an organization such as MADD Connecticut, which itself has played a vital role in making our roads safer,” said Zupkus, who represents the 89th District that includes parts of Cheshire as well all of Bethany and Prospect. “For most people, deciding to do something such as driving drunk with kids in the car is simply incomprehensible. Still, it happens all too often—signaling the need for more work in bolstering our laws while educating residents about the dangers of mixing alcohol and driving.”
Both legislators joined MADD in advocating for safe, sober driving during the holiday season – the nationally-recognized “Tie One On For Safety” campaign.