Senator Rafferty Remarks
Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) joined representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the General Assembly, the City of Harrisburg, Nationwide Insurance, Enterprise, and Uber at MADD’s media event today at the State Capitol to kick off a safe driving 2017 holiday season.
Rafferty urged all drivers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to plan ahead for everyone to get home safely for the holidays. He also highlighted the need for tougher laws against impaired driving such as Act 33 of 2016 – the state’s new ignition interlock law for most first-time Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenders – and Senate Bill 961 that increases penalties for homicide by vehicle while DUI with prior DUI offenses.
The holidays are one of the most dangerous times on our roadways with more people traveling, an increased number of festivities where alcohol is served, and a surge in drunk driving. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve in 2016, there were 891 drunk-driving fatalities across the country, accounting for 26% of all traffic fatalities.
MADD also launched their annual Tie One On for Safety (TOOFS) campaign, asking adults to display a red ribbon on their vehicle as a reminder to plan ahead for a designated, non-drinking driver before holiday celebrations begin. For information on the safety campaign, visit madd.org/toofs.