(Nov. 19) – Reps. Beth McCann, D-Denver, and Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, have been honored as Legislators of the Year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Rep. McCann was recognized with Sens. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, and John Cooke, R-Greeley, and Rep. Lori Saine, R-Dacono, for their sponsorship of the new law that makes a fourth DUI a felony in Colorado, punishable by two to six years’ imprisonment. Colorado is the 46th state to enact a felony DUI law. The law also allows judges to order ignition interlocks for up to five years for second-time offenders.
“Colorado’s felony DUI law will be putting habitual offenders behind bars, where they can’t pose a threat to other motorists,” Rep. McCann said. “We are already saving lives and making our roads safer for everyone.”
MADD also recognized Reps. Fields and Polly Lawrence, R-Roxborough Park, for their service as co-chairwomen of the Victims’ Rights Caucus, an informal legislative group working to ensure that the rights of crime victims are appropriately balanced in the consideration of criminal justice policy.
“Many of the victims we’re standing up for are those killed and injured by intoxicated drivers,” said Rep. Fields, who received a MADD award for the third consecutive year.
Reps. McCann and Fields were among 69 state legislators nationwide — and one U.S. senator – who won 2015 Legislators of the Year awards from MADD, which has been campaigning to eliminate drunk driving in America.