This week, more than 400 Georgia officers received much deserved recognition in the annual Golden Shield Honors hosted by MADD and the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The sacrifice made by those who help keep our road safe was brought to light even more this year after Officer Gail Thomas of the Atlanta Police Department was struck and killed by a drunk driver this past January.
While nothing we do can ever compensate these individuals have done to protect our families, MADD works hard to host similar events across the country. Law enforcement officers play a crucial role in MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®. High visibility law enforcement like checkpoints and saturation patrols are proven to reduce drunk driving fatalities by 20 percent.
Don’t forget to thank the officers in your community. You never know when the life they save might be your own.