Lancaster County Legislators Named 2015 Legislators of the Year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving
11/19/2015
HARRISBURG - In recognition of their legislative efforts to curb drunk driving across the Commonwealth, state Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker (R-West Lampeter) and Rep. Keith J. Greiner (R-Upper Leacock), were each named “2015 Legislator of the Year” by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Greiner is the prime sponsor of House Bill 278, which would require the use of ignition interlock devices for certain first-time driving-under-the-influence (DUI) offenders. This legislation was the subject of a hearing of the House of Representatives Joint DUI Task Force held in the 43rd District earlier this year.

Smucker is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 290, which would require the use of ignition interlocks for DUI offenders, and is the sponsor of Senate Bill 839, which increases the criminal penalty for an individual who commits three DUI offenses within 10 years to a third degree felony.

“It’s truly an honor to receive this award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and, more importantly, to fight for this cause,” said Smucker. “We became increasingly involved in this effort last year after a tragic DUI-related crash in West Lampeter Township took the life of Meredith Demko, a young woman with her whole life in front of her.”

“We remain committed and pledge to do everything in our power to have ignition interlock legislation signed into law,” said Greiner. “Senseless tragedies occur every day across Pennsylvania simply because someone decides to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Ignition interlocks can save lives and spare families unnecessary heartache. We’d like to thank MADD and the Demko family for all of their efforts. There is still work to do, but together we can save lives by moving ignition interlock legislation forward.”

“MADD graciously thanks Sen. Smucker and Rep. Greiner for their unwavering support of stronger drunk driving laws in Pennsylvania. MADD is proud to partner with Sen. Smucker and Rep. Greiner and other state leaders who are dedicated to our mission of eliminating drunk driving once and for all,” said MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church.

House Bill 278 and its companion legislation, Senate Bill 290, sponsored by state Sen. John Rafferty (R-44), are both being reviewed in the House Transportation Committee. Senate Bill 839 is being reviewed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Representative Keith J. Greiner, CPA
43rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Eric Reath
717.260.6187
ereath@pahousegop.com
RepGreiner.com / Facebook.com/RepGreiner

Senator Lloyd Smucker
13th Senatorial District
Pennsylvania Senate

Media Contact: Diane McNaughton
717.787.6535
dmmcnaughton@pasen.gov
senatorsmucker.com
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