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I'm thrilled that officials with Georgia Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have decided to go even further in their efforts to keep drunken drivers off Georgia highways.

The group's latest effort advocates for legislation that would require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunken drivers. State Rep. Tom Knox is planning to introduce this particular legislative proposal during this year's General Assembly session.

MADD officials in our state -- those like Frank Harris and many others affiliated with that exceptional group of people -- are to be commended for their tireless efforts. I salute each of them. They all do an incredible job.

I also applaud the work that Rep. Knox and other lawmakers supportive of this idea for all the work they've done and are continuing to do to make this a reality -- a new law in the Peach State.

Drunken drivers are potential killers -- there's no other way to say it. And if they don't kill, they leave many victims either in critical or serious conditions following drunken-driving crashes.

They are responsible for way too many crashes on Georgia highways and we need to rid them at every turn we can find.

As a newspaper reporter of many years, I've covered way too many tragedies involving those too intoxicated to be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Many of the sites I've seen at crash scenes have lingered in my memory for years -- some will last a lifetime, I'm certain. I think about all of the innocent victims -- the lives wiped out by drunken drivers.

It has taken many years for legislators to address the problem of drunken drivers in our state. And because they did, we've seen many changes in our laws.

We can do more, however.

One additional way is for legislators to approve the new ignition interlock idea. There's no telling how many deaths or injuries might be prevented by passing this legislation.

So, I fully support officials of MADD and the legislators who have jumped on their bandwagon. Between now and the time this legislative package is introduced, it is my sincere hope that more lawmakers will get on board.

It's the right thing to do.

Those of us opposed to drunken driving on Georgia highways need to do our part. We need to find out what we can do to help in this cause. After all, getting drunken drivers off our highways is a never-ending task.

Things never change until we, the people, take a stance.

It's like President Obama says often, "I can't do it alone. I need your help."

Please, won't you get involved in this worthy cause today?

Web posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010

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