High school was entertaining... it kept me busy, stressed me out, but it also helped me maintain a passion to stick with who I am and what makes me, me! I have learned that high school was a big part of me, but this graduation isn’t an ending, but a beginning to accomplish more, make and keep new promises, and to fulfill the greatest level of success for myself.
I’m really looking forward to the MADD National Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 4th-6th, which marks MADD’s 35th anniversary. It will be a celebration of what has been accomplished, as well as an inspiration to continue working toward the elimination of drunk driving.
I wanted to thank the nearly 800 of you who signed the card in support of law enforcement during National Police Week.
Fact: wearing your seat belt is one of the best ways to protect yourself from a drunk driver on the road. And with this weekend being Memorial Day weekend, we know there is a good chance more drunk drivers will be on the road – in 2013, 146 people were killed in drunk driving crashes over Memorial Day weekend.
It’s officially graduation season. But before you take off the cap and gown and head to out with friends to celebrate, take a moment to think about your future. As a teen, you have so much to look forward to – college, pursuing a career, having a family. And the choices you make today will impact your entire life.
Early in the morning on Friday, April 13, 2012, Kirk Camacho was driving his two teenage daughters, Bree Ann and Kaely, to school. As the girls slept, Bree Ann, 16, in the front seat and her younger sister Kaely, 13, in the back, a drunk driver with a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit ran a red light and plowed into the Camachos’ minivan at about 100 miles per hour.
On August 1, 2010, an underage drunk driver killed Elroy (Roy) McConnell II and his three sons – Roy III, Nathan and Kelly. Now, their loved ones help lead three Walk Like MADD events in two different states to share their story and help put an end to the tragedy of drunk driving.
Howdy, I'm Stormey Barton, Founder of Students Opposing Substances (SOS) and a member of the MADD National Teen Influencers. Parents and kids both staying on the same page about alcohol requires effort and commitment. From my own experiences I have seen that it is much more difficult for me to build trust with my parents if they have no idea about where I am, who I'm with, and what I'm up to after school and on the weekends.
It was 9:30 p.m. on November 18, 2011. The traffic light had just turned green as Fran and Steve Granado moved through the intersection in Sierra Vista, Arizona, when their pickup truck was violently hit from behind. The blow caused the backs of their heads to hit the glass in the truck’s rear window, shattering in into pieces.
From kicking off Power Talk 21® in Houston, Texas...to sharing the stage with the National Football League at two universities in Ohio... to recognizing Law Enforcement at an event in Atlanta, Georgia... to attending in a similar gathering in Long Island, New York... to meeting with government officials in a variety of states... I’ve had a busy and very rewarding few weeks!
Taylor Pirc was only four years old when she was killed by a repeat drunk driving offender. Taylor and her Grandma were on their way to take food to Taylor’s great-grandmother, who was sick. They were driving through a busy intersection when a car coming from the other direction and swerving from lane to lane turned too soon. He hit the median and came down on the back half of the car where Taylor was sitting.
We’re proud to partner with MADD to help keep our nation’s children safe, and I hope you’ll use PowerTalk 21 day as just one opportunity to have the conversation with your kids about alcohol.