I had the opportunity to attend the Lifesavers Conference in Chicago last week. Nearly 2,000 state and local highway safety officials, police officers and other first responders, private and non-profit program providers, students, academicians and others gathered to focus on safety.
By Kenya James, a member of MADD’s National Teen Influencer Group. Encouragement is inspiration that enlightens others to pursue success or motivate them to keep pushing toward a goal to be achieved. It is the gas that drives your mind into helping others celebrate their good doings. For my purpose, it is encouraging my peers, underage teenagers, to continuously push through peer pressure, temptation, and any other factors that try to hinder the message that underage alcohol usage is very dangerous, and it can harm one’s brain development.
This morning on the Today Show, NBC News Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen highlighted drunk drivers with multiple DUI convictions, and the state laws that make it easier for those offenders to continually threaten public safety.
former MADD National President Jan Withers was recognized for her tireless efforts to encourage tougher legislation across the United States, her service as a victim advocate and her tenure as MADD National President.
It's up to parents, teens and communities to work together to keep this spring break fun and safe, and we're here to help.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released the results of two studies that show MADD’s efforts to eliminate drunk driving are working. While we continue to make the nation safer, drunk driving is still the greatest risk on the roads. The studies also show that drugged driving is becoming more prominent on our roadways.
It took several years before Bob and Kaye would consider volunteering for MADD after their daughter Robin was killed by a repeat drunk driver. But since they started working with MADD, now more than 10 years ago, they’ve become successful chapter leaders and Walk Like MADD organizers.
For 35 years, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been battling one of the greatest threats on our highways. Now, we are battling another… drugged driving. For me, this problem is personal. Ten years ago, my son Dustin was killed by someone who had both alcohol and drugs in their system. And so it breaks my heart even more to know that it is a problem that continues to grow.
On March 18, 2009, 29-year-old Erin Dufour was heading home from a shopping trip. She had just moved into a new apartment with a friend, and ran out to grab some cleaning supplies to get the place ready. But she didn’t make it back to her new home. Instead, she was hit head-on by a drunk driver, who had been drinking heavily at a local bar. Erin did not survive the crash.
It’s becoming more common to find breath testing devices used to measure blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in bars and in private homes thanks to modern technology. But what is BAC and should you rely on these types of devices to determine whether you are sober enough to drive home?
It’s been a busy start to our 35th Anniversary year. State Legislatures are in session around the country and many are considering stronger laws concerning drunk and drugged driving. During the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with lawmakers in Colorado, Kentucky and Pennsylvania – with more states to come. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® with those who can help make it happen.
The American Grandparents Association, the benefits organization of Grandparents.com, is joining forces with MADD to help eradicate these senseless deaths for their next generation of loved ones.
In anticipation of spring break and the upcoming prom and graduation season, we worked with our National Teen Influencer Group to come up with a toolkit for students, educators and community partners that offers tools to help prevent underage drinking, and the many lives lost as a result. This toolkit, sponsored by State Farm, was created and approved by teens, for teens.
A victim impact statement is a written or oral statement made as part of the judicial legal process, which allows crime victims the opportunity to speak during the sentencing of their attacker or at subsequent parole hearings.
Just in time for MADD’s 35th anniversary, we are revamping our signature event, Walk Like MADD. Walk Like MADD is the only large-scale, community-based activity that provides those personally impacted by drunk driving, and their network of supporters and friends, the opportunity to take steps to stop drunk driving in their community and nationwide.