Senator Bob Deuell

December 13, 2007
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
(512) 463-0102


- Deuell Praises New State Memorial Sign Program -

State Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greeville) is praising a new state program that will allow the family and friends of those killed in DWI-related accidents to purchase memorial signs to be placed along the highway. The program was created as a result of legislation passed during the 80th Legislative Session by Deuell and Rep. Betty Brown (R-Terrell).

The signs, which will feature white lettering on a blue background, will read "Please Don't Drink and Drive. In Memory of…" The sign will include the name of the victim and the date of the accident. The cost of the sign is $300.

Deuell said the idea for the program came from the parents of Rachel Blasingame. Blasingame was killed in 2003 by a drunk driver in Mesquite.

"The Blasingames came to me and Betty (Rep. Brown) during session with this idea and we both recognized the importance of the issue," Deuell said. "I was very happy to work with Rep. Brown and the family of Rachel Blasingame to pass this program and I'm proud to see it being implemented."

"Hopefully, people will see these memorial signs and think twice about driving while impaired."

Next week, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will unveil the first sign at the Dallas District sign shop located in Mesquite.