For the second consecutive year, the advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving will award state Rep. Richard A. Smith, R-108, with its Public Policy Award for the lawmaker's support in strengthening intoxicated-driving laws.

Smith supported legislation this year requiring an immediate ignition interlock device for anyone arrested for driving intoxicated who had their licenses suspended, along with harsher penalties for anyone refusing to use the required IID.

Smith, who was commended nationally by MADD last year, thanked the organization for the recognition, saying the Legislature is taking aim at saving lives by keeping our roads safe and providing a mechanism for individuals to get the help they need and remain productive members of society.

"I am humbled and grateful for the recognition," Smith said. "Too often, public safety is compromised when someone gets behind the wheel after drinking."

"I am proud to stand in support of strengthening DUI laws," he said. "These policies will provide safer roadways and a brighter future for Connecticut."

MADD will host an awards dinner this fall to recognize Smith and his colleagues for their continued advocacy in promoting safe and sober driving with children.