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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.