Walk Like MADD seeks support
By Pearl Cantell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Mothers Against Drug Driving have been behind
some of the laws aimed at getting drunk drivers off the
roadways, Henderson County district Attorney Scott McKee told
Kiwanis Club members.
The legal intoxication threshold of .08 percent alcohol content
in the blood was just one of those laws, he said.
McKee, county attorney Clint Davis, sheriff Ray Nutt and victims
assistance coordinantor Deanna Browning were special guests at
the club’s weekly meeting at the Jalapeno Tree Aug. 17.
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
AT RIGHT: Victim assistance coordinator Deanna Browning holds a
T-shirt showing the names of sponsors of last year's Walk Like
MADD event. The second annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving
fundraising seeks sponsorships of $100 and more for the Oct. 22
walk in Gun Barrel City.
All four are talking up support for the upcoming Walk Like MADD
fundraiser set for Saturday, Oct. 22 in Gun Barrel City.
“We rely heavily on MADD for their advocacy and counseling for
victims of drunk-driving and their families,” McKee said. “It’s
a good organization, worthy of your support.”
This year’s goal is to raise $18,300. So far, just $4,100 has
been raised Browning reported.
Kids can register as walkers and get a free event T-shirt for
just $15, adults register for $20. “Or you can be a virtual
walker,” she said.
“We’re also looking for sponsorships, walkers and volunteers to
help the day of the event,” Browning added.
All funding raised stays right here in Henderson County so
needed services to victims continue to be provided at no cost.
Sponsors who sign on by Aug. 20 get their names included in all
media and collateral materials (based on sponsorship level).
Sponsorship forms are available through the offices of the
county and district attorney, or online at www.MADD.org.
Those wanting to participate as a sponsor may call Browning at
(903) 675-6100 or Diane Russ at (903) 675-6112.
McKee said last year, his office prosecuted 76 felony
drunk-driving offenses. Of that number 12 cases were for
intoxicated assault. Four people were killed in drunk-driving
offenses and charges of vehicular manslaughter prosecuted, he
The bulk of the misdemeanor cases handled by the county
attorney’s office are DWIs, or about 350 cases a year.
“That’s one DWI per day,” Davis said.
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
AT RIGHT: Marty Mullens presents a check for $100 from the
Kiwanis Club of Cedar Creek Lake to help sponsor the second
annual Walk Like MADD event to co-chairwoman Deanna Browning.
Henderson County officials supporting the event include district
attorney Scott McKee (right), county attorney Clint Davis (back,
left) and sheriff Ray Nutt.
A first offense might get 16-18 months probation and a fine of
A repeat offense could earn you six months to a year in jail,
$2,000-$4,000 fine and up to two years on probation, plus
surcharges on your driver’s license up to $3,500, he added.
A new law on the books this year allows an officer to enforce a
blood or breath test from anyone he strongly suspects of having
had two or more drinks before getting behind the wheel.
Of course, it’s a straight felony offense if the driver has a
child under the age of 15 in the car with him and exhibits signs
A felony arrest also means an automatic blood and breath test.
Less than that, and the driver must agree to a test, he