Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will recognize State Representative Themis Klarides (R-114) as a “Community Champion” with its Public Policy Award for her work both in the legislature and in her community to curb intoxicated driving. During the 2014 legislative session, Rep. Klarides co-sponsored new legislation that expanded mandatory use for Ignition Interlock Devices for those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Rep. Klarides, along with a host of fellow legislators, attorneys, law enforcement officials, journalists and community activists, will be given the award during a ceremony in New Haven on Wednesday. This is the second consecutive year Rep. Klarides has been named a “Community Champion” by Connecticut’s MADD chapter; she was recognized nationally, too.
“It is a great honor to receive this award,” Rep. Klarides said. “I am proud to support the initiatives of the MADD organization, who has worked tirelessly to keep our motorists educated on safe driving practices. I am pleased this new legislation will serve to further their cause and safeguard for future generations to come.”