During a recent trip to Savannah, Georgia, I was amazed by the turnout of more than 400 state and local first responders at the Georgia Highway Safety Conference. The mission of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, “…to educate the public on traffic safety and facilitate the implementation of programs that reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities on Georgia roadways,” lines up perfectly with our goals at MADD.
This month we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the MADD Victim Help Line—a 24 hour phone line for victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving, as well as underage drinking. While the Help Line serves thousands of people each year, we know that there are many more victims and survivors that need help. That’s why this year, MADD added a service to compliment the call-in Victim Help Line: a live chat feature that can be found on the madd.org website.
Serving as MADD’s National President, I get the opportunity to attend special events across the country, like the recent Walk Like MADD in Denver, Colorado. It’s one of the largest and most successful Walks— more than $114,000 was raised at this year’s event!
We are excited to announce that Nationwide® is offering exclusive discounts on insurance for you and other MADD members and supporters around the country.
As the Help Line advocate that takes their call, I want to represent MADD to the best of my ability. I want them to understand MADD will always walk the journey of emotion with them. The Help Line to me is my way of assisting MADD because right now we have victims to serve. Although I love volunteering on the Help Line, I can’t wait until the day when there are NO MORE VICTIMS!
MADD is upset when anyone is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving; but when it’s a person’s third alleged offense, it’s an outrage. We hope no was injured or killed as a result of this alleged incident, and we support law enforcement’s efforts to thoroughly investigate the matter. If found guilty of drunk driving, we urge that Mr. Smith be required to install an ignition interlock on his vehicle to protect the public and prevent this from happening again. There were 867 drunk driving fatalities in California in 2013, more than one-fourth of all traffic fatalities in the state. With so many alternative ride options available, there’s no excuse for anyone to drink and drive.
Jade Gabrielle Stephens was a bubbly, outgoing, cheerful little girl who always had something witty to say. Her laugh was infectious, and she had a way of making everyone that she met feel specially loved. To know Jade was to know true joy and happiness. You couldn’t help but love our little girl.
Finding MADD, being understood, being able to express my feelings, finding someone who would listen, someone willing to listen to my intense feelings, finding a group to walk me through the complexities of the judiciary system... this is what helped me overcome the emotional and physical turmoil of becoming a victim.
As MADD celebrates our 35 anniversary, MADD Rhode Island’s Youth Leadership Training, also known as Teen Spirit, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. And last week, I had the honor of speaking at the closing session of their four-day event for more than 200 high school students who were selected as leaders in their communities from all across the Ocean State.
Losing a sibling is one of the worst things that can ever happen, especially if the sibling dies before his or her time. Siblings travel together throughout life, and have a shared history. The sibling relationship is the longest we will ever have. Most of us, if we are lucky, will share 80%-100% of our lifespans with our siblings.
Giving your time to an organization is always praiseworthy. But when you dedicate 30 years to a cause … well that is just extraordinary. This year, the MADD Iowa Chapter celebrates its 30 year anniversary, and the woman who started it all, celebrates 30 years of saving lives and serving people.