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#TAXI Urges Everyone to Plan Ahead This Holiday Season and Support MADD
By Guest Blogger | December 12, 2012| 4 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Provided by Michael Sachter, the Vice President of Marketing for CellWand Communications, the creators of #TAXI (PoundTaxi) mobile service that allows callers to get a cab anywhere, anytime across the U.S.  #TAXI, a proud MADD sponsor since 2006, is donating $0.50 of every call for taxis in the U.S. this November and December to help MADD in its mission to prevent drunk driving and support victims.

Drunk driving takes the lives of over 10,000 people in the US each year and injures almost 350,000 more.  Every single drunk driving crash is entirely preventable – all it takes not to drive drunk is to plan ahead.

I say plan ahead, because once you have started drinking, it’s too late.  One of the first things to be impaired by alcohol is judgment.  After drinking, people start to rationalize, saying things like “I haven’t had too many” or “I just need to make it home.”

This is especially true around the holiday, as alcohol is frequently a part of holiday celebrations.  Some people who don’t typically drink during the rest of the year and therefore are not used to having to find a safe way home, do so during the holidays at parties and family gatherings.  That’s why it’s important to remind everyone to plan ahead before your holiday celebration begins.

Here are some common ways to enjoy yourself while you are out and still getting home safely:

  • Designate a driver.  The key is to designate a driver beforehand – someone who will not be drinking during the night.  Some people wait until after and designate the least drunk person to drive, which isn’t safe at all.  Being the designated driver can make you the hero of the party – after all, it’s a good friend who makes sure you get home safely.
  • Call a cab.  A $30 cab ride is far better than the thousands of dollars that a drunk driving conviction can cost (if you are lucky and aren’t involved in a crash).  And it has never been easier to get a cab with mobile cab calling services like #TAXI (#8294) on any mobile phone.
  • Stay over.  If you are at a friend’s house, they may be willing to let you sleep on their couch rather than risk your safety on the roadways.  (This is another good reason to plan ahead – it’s more polite to ask ahead of time, rather than to get drunk and try to stay over.)
  • In some areas, there is quality public transportation available to get you home safely.

There are plenty of solutions to get you home safely this holiday season, so here’s hoping you have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.




Submitted by lisa at 10:24 AM on December 20, 2012
To Ickypal, we do not need to focus on banning assault rifles. Do you think that those committing crimes are going to worry about whether or not their gun is 'legal'? Having the right to own and carry protects the innocent.
Submitted by Joe at 07:24 PM on December 18, 2012
I agree, sadly MADD seems to enjoy twisting statistics to support their agenda just like so many others do. Alcohol related is a joke, a passenger in a car that drank a beer half an hour ago that is being driven by a driver that has consumed no alcohol that is hit by another driver that has consumed no alcohol (who is completely at fault) will be considered an "alcohol related" accident. This is a meaningless statistic when defined with such a course granularity. Of course, drivers that drink so much and are such a hazard on the road that they go out and kill people is an issue. But to put some hard numbers behind MADD's statistics: 112 million drinkers that drank too much behind the wheel in 2010 10,228 deaths 10,228 / 112,000,000 = 0.0000913 (or 0.00913%) So 9 thousandths of a percent of the people driving that supposedly have had "too much" are the only ones out killing people. There is a huge difference between someone who: drank, drove, killed someone *versus* drank, drove, got home (probably most who were no real threat whatsoever to public safety). You can do the same math replacing drinkers for arrested drivers and deaths for accidents (though remember this is alcohol related - who knows if the alcohol really had anything to do with the accident) if you want slightly higher numbers. The numbers still end up very low. Obviously there is a big difference here between the groups that kill people and the groups that don't. Also, for the every 53 minutes someone is killed by a drunk driving crash: 60 * 24 * 365 = 525,600 minutes in a year. 10,228 deaths. Hence, every 53 minutes. Now, 112 million "drank too much and drove" drivers. 112,000,000 / 525,600 = 213 years worth of minutes to equal the number of drivers who have drank too much and drove in one year. If every driver was as dangerous as the few that kill people (or themselves), we should be seeing a lot more than 10,228 deaths from probability and statistics. The law states (at least in California) that it is illegal if you are over a 0.08 BAC, which is per se (meaning you just have to test over it, not actually be impaired in any way; and you CAN test for it without even drinking any alcohol) or you are "under the influence", which is defined legally as "his or her physical or mental abilities are so impaired that he or she cannot drive with the caution characteristic of a sober person of ordinary prudence under the same or similar circumstances." California Vehicle Code 23152(b) and 23152(a). Given also that the cops aren't exactly "picky" (or even honest) about what you did that showed evidence of impairment further reduces the meaningfulness of the law. However, if you are not violating these two conditions, however you want to interpret it, it is your legal right to drive after consuming alcohol as a valid, licensed driver over 21 in the state of California. The crime you really should be looking for is "murder", "manslaughter", or something like "reckless endangerment", however you define what these terms mean. To equate the "crime" of driving after drinking alcohol and simply stopped by the cops (who might very well have been no real threat to public safety) as the same as the "crime" of drinking alcohol and then causing a fatal crash is ridiculous. I am much more worried that the driver next to me is an idiot than that the driver next to me is a non-idiot that is driving after simply consuming some alcohol. For all of the people out there that lost someone due to another person causing a fatal accident after drinking I sympathize with your loss. That person obviously should not have been on the road. But join (or make) an organization that wants to truly effect social change to keep fatal threats to your well being off the roads, not simply be excessively punitive to anyone who shares only the most basic connection of having consumed alcohol with the guilty parties that caused your fatality. After all, we all (or most of us) drive, so you all share a basic connection to the guilty party too. Would you feel any better if a person who had not consumed alcohol killed your loved one? Who, or what, would you blame then? Far more fatal crashes ARE caused by drivers that have not consumed any amount of alcohol. Go read the statistics...
Submitted by ickypal at 07:10 AM on December 15, 2012
I beg for mothers of MADD to help with the fight of gun control in America. Please assist with banning assault rifles again. The Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) (or Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act) was a subtitle of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a federal law in the United States that included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms, so called "assault weapons". The 10-year ban was passed by Congress on September 13, 1994, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton the same day. The ban only applied to weapons manufactured after the date of the ban's enactment. The Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired on September 13, 2004, as part of the law's sunset provision. There have been multiple attempts to renew the ban, but no bill has reached the floor for a vote.
Submitted by Randy at 07:50 AM on December 13, 2012
The fact is the statistics of non drinking related accidents is much high than the drunk driving accidents that's why the two are never compared. People not drinking get killed out here every day on the roads. Madd does whatever they can to fudge the statistics of drunk drivers to make it seem higher, for example a person not drinking runs a red light and hits the car of someone that has drank a few, even though the person at fault is the person not drinking Madd calls it a drunk driving incident. The States take advantage of your propaganda scare tactics to make loads of money off of people.

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