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NFL Endorses MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®
By MADD | March 19, 2013| 3 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Yesterday at their annual league meeting in Phoenix, the National Football League (NFL) announced their emphatic support for MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.  The Campaign is based on proven strategies and research which will reduce and eventually eliminate drunk driving.  The Campaign includes:

  • Supporting high visibility law enforcement activities to catch drunk drivers and discourage others from driving drunk.
  • Requiring ignition interlock devices, or in-car breathalyzers, for all convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders, to prove they are sober before their car will start. When a convicted drunk driver wishes to start his or her vehicle, he or she must first blow into the device. The vehicle will not start unless the driver’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is below a preset level.
  • Supporting the development of advanced vehicle technology that could automatically determine a driver’s BAC and stop a drunk driver above the legal limit of .08 from driving.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement stating, “We are pleased to endorse MADD’s campaign and further build upon our partnership to do everything we can to warn players, team personnel and fans about the dangers of drunk driving.  We have made progress but have more work to do to ensure that everyone associated with the NFL makes safe, responsible decisions with alcohol and never gets behind the wheel when they shouldn’t.”

MADD and the NFL began their partnership in 2010.  It includes game day designated driver programs in 11 stadiums, player education and other awareness activities.  New for 2013, the NFL plans on convening an alcohol-related summit this year in conjunction with MADD that will include NFL players, coaches, team doctors and executives, counselors, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

We thank the NFL for showing their support of MADD’s Campaign as we work to eliminate drunk driving for fans and families alike.

Click here to watch the Commissioner's announcement from the press conference.


   

Comments

Submitted by Sonny at 08:56 PM on January 31, 2014
There are some people who don't care about other people but themselves, thinking that it would be okay to be drinking and driving at the same time. What makes them think that there a good driver? what is it with not having someone drive for them? getting in the car isn't hard to do. having been drinking and driving is an option that they have made. and having crash into someone and have them been killed, you can never replace. if you know the consequence then why do it. nowadays kids are thinking that its okay to do it. Mostly teenagers are doing this, they don't know how easy is it to have someones life gone unless it happens to them. Society has changed. more laws are being made because of this. rules are going out with young teens and of course their not listening/following it. i swear the more this generation grows the more simpleminded they get.
Submitted by sue at 08:20 PM on March 26, 2013
I think our nation's youth are being criminalized, for being young people. I do not promote drunk driving,however, our youth cant even go out and have "a drink" with friends. The legal limit was almost twice what it is now when we were youths, 99% of us probably make it home safely,weren't considered drunk criminals, and went on to live decent, law abiding lives. And if our children did the same thing, they are criminalized with a first offense, and then penalized by the motor vehicle authority, with no recourse, they are like god. THINGS in our country are getting way to strict.
Submitted by Mary at 06:49 PM on March 21, 2013
I already sent an email in answer to the NFL's endorsement of MADD, etc., etc. As I said then, NO ONE is in favor of drunk driving, but this is totally including too many people A person cannot go out for dinner or whatever, have a couple of drinks, and if for whatever reason, not having anything to do with them, if they were given a breathalyzer they would be charged with DUI!!! We have reached the ridiculous stages here. There is a case here in Indpls where a young woman, who had been drinking earlier in the evening but apparently passed the almighty BAC; she RAN A RED LIGHT (because she was distracted by her GPS...and this is in her own words)...she hit an ambulance and KILLED 2 young EMT's in the ambulance. SHE HAS NOT SUFFERED ANY REPERCUSSIONS LEGALLY....this is sickening. I think MADD need to focus more even on people TEXTING AND DRIVING; this being a good case in point....she was distracted by her GPS, killed two people after running a red light...and SHE HAS NO LEGAL REPERCUSSIONS AFTER THIS. Please someone tell me how this works. The law again has become totally askew -- it, of course, started out for the problem at hand. I saw an interesting program on texting/driving...cases where the drivers had killed/ seriously injured people. They suffered not consequences. THe conclusion was, after many studies dealing with this, IT IS 6 to 8 TIMES MORE DANGEROUS TEXTING AND DRIVING THAN DRUNK DRIVING. IT IS TIME FOR ALL THESE 'MOTHERS' TO LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON NOW....

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