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2015 Georgia Highway Safety Conference

2015 Georgia Highway Safety Conference

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.

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Online Support for Victims and Survivors

Online Support for Victims and Survivors

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.

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Help Line Volunteer: Glenda Richardson

Help Line Volunteer: Glenda Richardson

Glenda Richardson joined MADD 10 years after a drunk driving crash killed her two sons, ages 4 and 12, as well as her husband, and left her seriously injured. They were heading out on a family vacation when they were hit head on by a drunk driver. 

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What the MADD Victim Help Line Means to Me

What the MADD Victim Help Line Means to Me

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!

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Statement on Aldon Smith Arrest

Statement on Aldon Smith Arrest

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.

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Why We Walk: Jade Stephens

Why We Walk: Jade Stephens

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.

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Boating While Intoxicated

Boating While Intoxicated

As summer winds down and we head towards one of the last holiday weekends of the season, many families and friends will head to area lakes to celebrate. And while Labor Day weekend is a deadly weekend on our roadways, it can also be dangerous on our waterways.

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MADD’s Help Line, My Life Line

MADD’s Help Line, My Life Line

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.

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Why We’re Here: Mary Irwin

Why We’re Here: Mary Irwin

On July 17, 1996, 13-year-old Mary Irwin spent the summer day playing with her best friends, Jesse and Jodi. When it was time for Mary to go home that evening, Jesse and Jodi’s older sister Tracey offered to drive her. So they all piled into their parents van.

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Teen Spirit is Alive in Rhode Island

Teen Spirit is Alive in Rhode Island

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.

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2015 Campaign Success

2015 Campaign Success

You did it! Your emails, phone calls and personal visits to lawmakers have made the difference in getting new legislation passed to protect our loved ones from drunk driving.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Arlene Victor

Volunteer Spotlight: Arlene Victor

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.

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