Delegate Kathleen Dumais

Democrat, Maryland House of Delegates District 15

Maryland Delegate Kathleen M. Dumais Honored For Her Commitment To Fighting Drunk Driving

ARLINGTON, VA – Celebrating its 20th Anniversary,The Century Council, a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers, is honoring leaders who have shown an outstanding commitment to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking.Maryland Delegate Kathleen M. Dumais (D-15)is one of seventeen state legislators from across the nation to be recognized for her ongoing dedication.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 10,839 alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities in 2009, with 1,265 of them being persons between the ages of 12 and 20.  Of these alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities, 162alone were inMaryland.  Understanding the scope of this national epidemic, this year’s award recipients joined The Century Council to combat drunk driving and underage drinking.

The Century Council recognizes Delegate Dumais, a longtime leader in the fight against drunk driving. She sponsored 2007 legislation creating the Governor’s Task Force to Combat Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol, and led its efforts to recommend improvements to Maryland’s laws and programs. As Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Delegate Dumais played a pivotal role in securing final passage of this year’s Drunk Driving Reduction Act. Effective on October 1, the new law will increase the use of ignition interlock devices for drivers with a blood alcohol content of .15 or more, drivers who have been convicted of a second drunk driving offense, and drivers under 21 years old who have consumed any alcohol. Delegate Dumais’ dedication and commitment to this issue has resulted in not only improvements to Maryland’s ignition interlock program, but safer roads throughout the state.

The Century Council,which has been at the front of the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking since its inception 20 years ago, is a not-for-profit organization funded by distillers including: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc., Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; Pernod Ricard USA and Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc.  Through legislation, education, and public awareness campaigns, The Century Council is a leader in the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol.

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