For Immediate Release: August 19, 2009
Contact: Scott Weldon, 240-876-6945
Press Release: Mothers Against Drunk Driving support special session legislation prompted by Supreme Court
Del. Glenn Oder proudly joined his colleagues in supporting the bipartisan legislation dealing with cross-examinations prompted by a recent decision of the Supreme Court.
The legislation establishes new procedures in cases in which lab reports on drugs or other trial evidence is used as evidence. Mothers Against Drunk Driving were among the advocates who urged swift action to prevent accused drunk drivers from escaping prosecution from a technicality. MADD’s press release is below.
“Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) appreciates the time you are spending in the Special Session to address problems that the recent Supreme Court Ruling in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts has created when prosecuting impaired driving. We want to make sure that this recent Court ruling does not allow impaired drivers to escape the prosecution and conviction for impaired driving.
“In 2008, 354 people died in Virginia in an alcohol-related crash and another 7,000 people were injured. This is tragic. All of these deaths and injuries were 100% preventable. There is nothing accidental about drunk driving. We can make available victims of drunk driving crashes if that helps to put a face to the work that you are undertaking on August 19.
“Thank you again for your efforts to remedy this situation.”
Christopher R. Konschak, Executive Director,
MADD Virginia and MADD District of Columbia
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