STATEHOUSE (Nov. 1, 2017) – State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin) today was named a 2017 Legislator of the Year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his dedication to ending drunken driving in Indiana.
Young sponsored a new law increasing the penalty from a Level 5 felony to a Level 4 for drivers who kill another person while driving while intoxicated.
“Receiving the MADD Legislator of the Year Award is a great honor,” Young said. “This legislation was a good step in the right direction to better protect Hoosiers on the road. Driving drunk is a preventable offense and I will continue to support and advocate for the victims of these senseless crimes.”
MADD is a national nonprofit working to stop drunken driving, support victims and prevent underage drinking. Since it was founded in 1980, the organization has helped to save more than 350,000 lives, reduce related deaths by 53 percent and continues to educate parents and teens on making safe choices.
“MADD is grateful to Representative Young for championing legislation that reflects the serious and devastating impact of the violent crime of drunk driving,” said Lael Hill, volunteer resource specialist for MADD Indiana. “Together, MADD and committed legislators like Representative Young will put an end to these horrible tragedies.”
State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin) represents portions of Johnson and Morgan Counties.
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