Recently, several high-profile news articles have brought new attention to underage drinking. Underage drinking is an adult problem. Parents are the biggest influence on their children, and this program will help keep your child safe, and we have proven tools like the Power of Parents that can help.
MADD has had an incredibly busy and successful legislative session since our last update in March. Work continues this Fall on state and federal legislation that are key components of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, and thanks to you we are making a difference in states like Texas, Illinois and California!
On December 3rd, MADD locations across the country will honor those killed, injured or emotionally devastated by drunk and drugged driving and underage drinking consequences with a National Day of Remembrance. This is a chance for the public to come together in communities nationwide and online, and show that victims and survivors of these senseless tragedies are not alone – that they will always have a place at MADD.
For the past 13 years, officers, employees, friends, and families of the Irving Police Department have participated in the annual Walk Like MADD event in Dallas, TX. This is an event that the Irving Police Department has been proud to say that we’ve held the title of “top law enforcement team” for 13 consecutive years. To date, we have raised over $70,000.00 to help MADD’s efforts to support victim’s assistance, activism, and youth alcohol awareness programs.
October was filled with trips around the country, including one to Chicago, where there was much more than a brisk autumn breeze off Lake Michigan. The Windy City was filled with more than 14,000 law enforcement professionals from around the world attending the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Exhibition.
Each year hundreds of passengers are killed in car crashes with drivers who had been drinking.1 The numbers could become higher. Our work shows nearly 1 in 4 college students ride with drinking drivers.2
Friends Don’t Let Friends Ride with a Drinking Driver
Homecoming is an exciting time for students across the country, but it can also be a deadly one. October is a busy time for everyone, with Homecoming, Halloween, and other fall activities, students face the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving.
I have the opportunity to attend Walk Like MADD events around the country, and they’re always a powerful experience. A recent Walk in Branford, Connecticut was especially emotional for me. Branford is where my son Dustin grew up, before he was killed by an underage drunk and drugged driver at the age of 18. Memories were certain to be at the forefront of my thoughts, as they are for every victim and survivor who attends a Walk Like MADD event.
Having a loved one killed by a careless or drunk driver brings acres of sadness and anger, often unrecognized especially by those who have yet to experience a personal loss.
HealthDay reported today on new research published by the American Academy of Pediatrics on the risk factors in early adolescence that later lead to driving under the influence and riding with a drinking driver.
When a loved one is killed in a traumatic event such as a substance impaired driving crash, the emotional impact of the event is intense and overwhelming for those left behind. Many survivors may question why they survived when others did not. This is commonly known as survivor guilt, and many victims and survivors of substance impaired driving crashes experience this.