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Plan Ahead this New Year’s Eve
By MADD | December 28, 2012| 9 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Each year, nearly 10,000 people are killed in drunk driving crashes. The risk of sharing the road with a drunk driver is even higher on holidays like New Year’s, because of parties and get-togethers. In fact, New Year’s Day is the most dangerous day of the year for drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.

Let’s work together to make this holiday, and every day, safe for everyone traveling. Please use these tips to plan a safe New Year’s celebration for everyone:

Going out?

  • Designate a sober driver to make sure you—and everyone with you—arrive home safely this holiday season.
  • Save the number of a local cab service in your phone prior to heading out.
  • Consider hiring a shuttle or limousine service to transport you and your friends to and from your event.
  • Arrange a hotel stay for you and your friends on the evening of the event so no one drives home impaired.

Planning a party?

  • Plan activities like party games or door prizes. Planned activities engage people, make for less active consumption of alcohol, and ensure that your friends remember the great event long after the last piece of confetti has settled.
  • As guests RSVP, confirm that at least one person in each group is prepared to be the sober designated driver and/or has a plan to get home.
  • Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
  • Avoid too many salty snacks, which tend to make people thirsty and drink more.
  • Offer non-alcoholic beverages or “mocktails” for designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol.
  • If preparing an alcoholic punch, use a non-carbonated base, like fruit juice. Alcohol is absorbed into the blood stream faster with a carbonated base.
  • Be prepared by having the number of a taxi service on hand for those who need a ride. Also, be ready with some clean linens so you can turn your sofa into a bed for guests who need to sleep it off.

Wishing you a safe and happy New Year’s!



Submitted by A Faithful SADD member at 04:48 PM on January 2, 2013
Drunk driving is so tragic. Being part of SADD has helped me to learn so much. Seeing the victims familys literally smashes my heart into little tiny pieces. It makes me want to fix the worlds problems all by myself, and I also know that it only takes one person to make a difference. Don't drink and drive. Just don't... you don't want to be the one crushing all those hearts
Submitted by royahoff at 03:56 PM on January 1, 2013
How can we prevent a “Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting” from happening again? The knee jerk reaction from the press and politicians is always – Call for stricter gun control legislation. But simple solutions seldom work for complex problems. I have always admired the organization MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) Why has that organization been so successful at reducing alcohol related deaths? • Not because they were calling for a ban on alcohol or certain kinds of alcohol (we all know how well that worked during prohibition). • Not because they were calling for a ban on cars (the lethal weapon used in these drunk driving cases). MADD has been successful because they got citizens to think about this subject and how each of us could be a part of preventing these tragedies. What have they accomplished? How did they do it? It is so impressive. • Friends now call a cab for the friend that has had too many. • Friends now take the keys away. • Bartenders refuse to serve • Citizens report erratic driving. • Citizens call the police using phone numbers posted on highway signs. • Drunk drivers loose the right to drive. • Prison sentences and rehabilitation are enforced. • DWI is treated very seriously. • Society does not view drunk driving as acceptable behavior (we did 30 years ago). 40 years ago, for those of you old enough to remember, we laughed at Dean Martin for his drunken antics and thought little about getting in a car after having too many. What we need is a similar paradigm shift in our attitude toward the seriously mentally ill. Alcoholism is a disease; Mental illness is also a disease. I am reminded that the common denominator in the Virginia tech campus shootings, the Gabriel Gifford shooting, the Aurora Theater shootings, and now the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, is not just guns, but mental illness. Many of the approximate 32,0001,2 gun related deaths in the U.S. each year are related to mental illness. More than half of gun related deaths are suicides. 1,2 Mental illness is a subject that until today we still just don’t want to talk about. We have to! We are often more worried about the individuals rights and the rights of patient privacy then we are to the massive consequences of this small group of mentally ill individuals. Are we more concerned about the constitution rights of drunk drivers? Does it prevent us from calling the police to investigate the threat that these individual present? Does it prevent the bartender from cutting off a customer? No, in fact if the bartender doesn’t stop them, there are consequences for the owner and the bartender. Yes, we need some similar legislation that empowers and encourages professionals and citizens to be part of the solution. We also need gun laws that keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Since the formation of MADD in 1980 we all now think about the innocent lives saved by our vigilance and our involvement in preventing alcohol related tragedies. It is now time for a similar approach to these violent shooters. 86 percent of Americans and 81 percent of gun owners support requiring all gun buyers to pass a background check, no matter where they buy the gun and no matter who they buy it from.3 74% of NRA members support background checks.4 Gun owners don’t want guns in the hands of the mentally ill. The vast majority of us can agree on the need for denying access of guns to the mentally ill, while preserving the right of gun ownership. How can we identify the potential offenders, deny them access to firearms and other lethal substances while getting parents, loved ones, friends, health professional and citizens involved in the prevention of these tragic deaths? I want to hear the news story on network TV of how we observed erratic behavior, we asked questions, we investigated legally and we stopped a senseless killing. That is the solution we are all looking for. What would Candy Lighter the founder of MADD, her own daughter killed by a drunk driver do? What if one of these small innocent children was her own? I would like to ask her. Let’s ask some health care professionals. Then let’s see how all of us can be part of the solution. 1. "10 Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age Group Highlighting Violence-Related Injury Deaths, United States". National Vital Statistics System. National Center for Health Statistics, CDC. 2003. 2. Xu, Jiaquan; Kenneth D. Kochanek, Sherry L. Murphy, Betzaida Tejada-Vera (2010-05-20). "Deaths: Final Data for 2007" (PDF). National Vital Statistics Reports (CDC) 58(19): 11. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 3. Huff Post 12/16/2012, Poll: Majority of Americans, Including Gun Owners, Support Tougher Restrictions 4. The New Republic, 07,25,2012: Do NRA members support more gun restrictions than members of congress do? Roy Hoff
Submitted by AZ at 03:04 PM on January 1, 2013
Safest way to enjoy life is to stay at home and abstain from drinking!
Submitted by pogue972 at 05:12 PM on December 31, 2012
Don't forget that you can also use a service like #taxi in cases where you feel you are too intoxicated to drive. Just dial #8294 on your phone and it will connect you to the closest taxi services. They also have apps for iPhone, Android & Blackberry.
Submitted by Marc at 11:18 AM on December 31, 2012
Is there any free services in Michigan, around the ferndale area
Submitted by JoeColorado at 10:43 AM on December 31, 2012
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, force anyone to drink any alcoholic beverage or to "have just one" alcoholic beverage!!!
Submitted by Monae at 10:36 AM on December 31, 2012
Actually Thanksgiving has more alcohol related accidents.
Submitted by eeyore at 10:19 AM on December 30, 2012
My wife and I recently went to our local grocery store and there by the front door, along with the small bottles of hard liquor - like those you get on a plane - were what was clled "grab and go" containers. These were one liter bottles of soda, such as coke, with a small bottle of these hard liquor containers to add immediately to the soda. So, you purchase one, or several, and go to your vehicle, mix it and instantly drink and drive!! I find this disgusting and amazed that a grocery store chain that advertises employee ownership and family values as its core values, would carry such an item and make it the first thing you see when entering their store. I will not spend another penny at this chain of stores (Hy-Vee) ever again. I read everyday of deaths caused by drunk drivers and they are contributors to this avoidable tragedy. I have pictures if wanted. Thank you for your time in reading this. I am disgusted. Bart Winchester Sr
Submitted by IMPACTING1503 at 06:08 PM on December 29, 2012
im here at last my friends. thank you ladies for holding down the fort ITS BEEN A RIDE.. its time women to form as a whole , our children have been hunted for !@ years intensly for finantial gain and more funding for self training allowing, woman ,teen girl trafficking in sherrif patroled and protected.. san bernardino.. a gang and sex offenders next to schools and known by local police.. DRUG ENFORCMENT USEING SEX OFFENDERS FOR TACTICAL AND arrest formates.. while drug ADDICTS GET SWOOPED OFF THE STRRETS violently and thrown away for months to years.. M>A>D>D as a whole can change california child safty laws, by holding those responsable in cridicle carrer positions.. more teens in jail for DUI, more jail time than a sex offender, 2nd offense.. WHY? i can help you change here and now..

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