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Why I support California SB 350 Alexandra’s Law that would require individuals convicted of illegally manufacturing or distributing controlled substances, to be forewarned they can be charged with murder if someone dies as a result of their actions.
March 12, 2021
The Honorable Melissa Melendez
California State Senate
State Capitol Room 4082
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: SUPPORT – SB 350 Alexandra’s Law
Dear Senator Melendez:
I am writing both as a mother whose son is a recovering addict and as someone who has dedicated her life to warning the public about the deadly consequences of drug use in support for Senate Bill 350. This legislation would require individuals convicted of illegally manufacturing or distributing controlled substances, to receive a written advisory that if in the future a human die as a result of these actions, the individual can be charged with murder.
In 1980 my daughter, Cari Lightner, was killed by a drunk driver. The driver was a repeat offender who had been arrested four times for driving under the influence (DUI). As a result of her death and the lack of appropriate penalties, sanctions and awareness of this deadly tragedy. I founded MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Over the years I have worked at the local, state and national level to change the policies and laws regarding impaired driving. These policy changes have proven results, saving lives and making our communities safer.
SB 350 is similar to a 2004 law passed in the California Legislature; People V. Watson related to driving under the influence. It should also apply to those selling illegal drugs.
Please support SB 350 and help to both hold drug dealers accountable and create safer communities for all of our families, friends, and constituents. Thank you.
President and Founder, We Save Lives
Founder, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)