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State Rep. Kim Norton named MADD’s Legislator of the Year

The DFLer from Rochester, who won’t seek re-election in 2016, was honored for proposing wider use of ignition interlock devices on cars used by all drunk driving offenders.

State Rep. Kim Norton was named Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Legislator of the Year in Minnesota for her efforts to increase the use of ignition interlock devices by drunk driving offenders.

Norton, a DFLer from Rochester, said in September that she won’t seek re-election in 2016. 

MADD, the national group working to end drunk driving, gave Norton the state award for her work on legislation that would increase use of the ignition interlock devices, which require a breath test before a vehicle can be operated.

Some offenders already use the device as a way to get their driver’s license re-instated. But most offenders opt for license suspension, and then some continue to drive anyway.

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A task force has recommended law changes that will spur more offenders to use the devices. Supporters say they’ll continue to work on passing tougher laws next session.