December 6th, Ohio Statehouse Press Conference



Dec. 2, 2016


MADD National President To Testify in Support of “Annie’s Law”

Family of Annie Rooney, MADD Volunteers Call on Legislature

To Pass Drunk Driving Law before Thursday Deadline


WHAT:   Colleen Sheehey-Church, National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) will be at the Capitol on Tuesday to urge the Senate to pass HB 388 “Annie’s Law” to stop the completely preventable drunk driving tragedies in Ohio. MADD’s National President, Annie Rooney’s family and volunteers will attend a 10:30 a.m. Insurance Committee hearing on Tuesday, December 6th, and hold a media availability immediately after the hearing.


Following the Senate Insurance Committee hearing, it is imperative that the Senate and House both move quickly to pass this final version of the legislation before December 8. These votes could take place as soon as Dec. 6.


Annie’s law was endorsed by The Columbus Dispatch in November: “As lawmakers scramble to enact legislation in the final hours of the 131st General Assembly, they should prioritize and pass “Annie’s Law.” Few other bills could do more to protect Ohioans and save lives.”


WHEN:          Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. (hearing with press conference to follow)


WHERE:       South Hearing Room


WHO:            Colleen Sheehey-Church, MADD National President

Dr. Richard Rooney, father of Annie Rooney

                       Kate Lyaker, sister of Annie Rooney

Dr. Walt Rooney, brother of Annie Rooney

                       Andie Rehkamp, Vice Chair of Public Policy, MADD Ohio

Senator Jay Hottinger

                        Senator Bob Peterson

Representative Gary Scherer



WHY: On July 4, 2013, Annie Rooney was killed when a repeat drunk driver hit Annie’s car head-on along Route 50 near Chillicothe. Annie, 36, had recently opened her own law practice in Chillicothe after moving home from Bozeman, Montana, where she served her community by aggressively prosecuting domestic violence and DUI cases. HB 388 is named “Annie’s Law” in honor of Anna Louise Rooney.


Ignition interlocks save lives by preventing repeat drunk driving offenses. Since Ohio began allowing judges to order ignition interlocks in 2008, these devices have stopped more than 108,000 attempts to drink and drive. Of those, 16,641 drivers had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, the legal threshold for impaired driving in all 50 states. Even more potential drunk drivers would be stopped — and more lives would be saved — if Ohio strengthened its ignition interlock law by passing Annie’s Law.

VISUALS: Demonstration of an ignition interlock


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT: Becky Iannotta (202) 600-2032 or


About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. Learn more at or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.

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