CLEVELAND - Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is joining local law enforcement agencies, first responders and Mothers Against Drunk Driving in trying to stop drunken driving before it starts.

Sunday afternoon at Cleveland police headquarters, Sen. Brown discussed new legislation that could help immobilize vehicle operated by drunken drivers.

“This is about stopping drunk driving before it starts,” Brown said. “How many Ohio lives will be lost until our nation develops and utilizes technology to prevent drunk driving?”

Brown was joined by Steve Westcott, an Oxford Township firefighter who, while off-duty and on his way to teach fire and EMS classes, recently helped Erie County law enforcement officials apprehend a nine-time drunken driver. Julie Leggett, the executive director of the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), also joined Brown.

“I’ve been on the scene of too many alcohol-related car crashes and seen the devastation of too many families who have lost a loved one due to a drunk driver,” said firefighter Steve Westcott. “There’s only so much that law enforcement can do to prevent drunk driving, which is why a bill like ROADS SAFE is so important.”

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