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Senator Frank Lautenberg Announces Retirement
By MADD | February 20, 2013| 3 Comments | Filed in: General

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, who chairs the Senate Commerce panel in charge of highways, transit, rail and maritime issues, recently announced that he won’t run for re-election in 2014. Senator Lautenberg has been a champion for MADD and our mission to end drunk driving and underage drinking for three decades, and has been instrumental in getting key legislation passed—saving tens of thousands of lives.

“Twenty thousand lives have been saved over 21 years. I am so proud to have helped make this country a better place for our children and their children.”

– Senator Frank Lautenberg, 2005

Senator Lautenberg was an author and driving force behind both the 21 minimum drinking age law in 1984 and setting the .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) standard for the entire country throughout the 90s, eventually getting that standard passed in 2000.  He supported the 2006 STOP Act to help prevent underage drinking, and has continued to support reauthorizing that funding ever since.  Recently, he was a champion for the federal highway bill, MAP-21, and its safety provisions, which include giving incentive grants to states that require interlocks for all offenders, and funding research into DADSS technology.

We are incredibly thankful for his support of MADD’s issues and all of his lifesaving work over the past 30 years. We wish him much happiness in retirement.


   

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Submitted by Casey' mom at 03:46 PM on April 17, 2013
Senator Lautenberg will be missed. Thank you for all you have done to save lives all across our country!
Submitted by SDA at 05:19 PM on March 5, 2013
I am watching the Katie Couric show right now and disgusted to hear a woman has started a website "Mom's Who Need Wine". To hear that women have play dates with wine and then put their kids in their car and drive home disgusts me. Not only are they putting themselves and their children in danger but also other innocent bystanders. This is definitely playing with fire. They also showed a sample of Mommy's Juice which is a container looking like juice but contains wine. While at the playground they are drinking this so called Mommy's juice while their kids are playing. This is a very bad example to be showing children and to be paid for having a website like this is beyond my belief.
Submitted by Dalton's mom at 01:34 AM on February 21, 2013
My ex-husband has had numberous offenses which he received felonies. He is now allowed to drive before his probation is over with an ignition interlock system. He is allowed to drive in Oklahoma and teach my 15 1/2 year old son to drive. My worries are that he will have my son driving for him. He has been convicted several times and at his last offense was on probation for an offense the previous year. I don't understand how the state of Oklahoma can let this happen. He was able to get the interlock device even though he has had it several times. Now I am in fear for my son.

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