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Never Give Up
By Jan Withers | February 3, 2014| 5 Comments | Filed in: National President , Drugged Driving , Victim Services , Drunk Driving

During the State of the Union address, I was overtaken by the admiration the President and entire Congress displayed for Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger who was injured in Afghanistan in 2009. In describing Ranger Remsburg’s journey since his injuries, the President talked about the many surgeries and courageous work he has done to move forward. He said that Sgt. Remsburg “never gives up and he never quits.”

My thoughts immediately moved to the thousands of Americans who are similarly injured every year across our country because someone selfishly drove impaired by alcohol or drugs. My heart goes out to each of those individuals, who are bravely facing a different life and digging deep for strength as they struggle with the physical, financial and emotional ramifications of their injuries. In my years with MADD, I have met so many of them and now consider them my friends. I am overwhelmed with deep admiration for their courage and fortitude. Their valor is amazing.

The President concluded his speech by appealing to us to follow this soldier’s lead to never give up. He said, “If we work together, if we summon what is best in us… I know it is within our reach.”  

We know that a nation without drunk driving is within our reach. We know how to get there, what needs to be done, and we are doing it. We do it for the thousands of victims who are now forever changed having been victimized by a substance impaired driver. We never give up. We work together and summon what is best in us.  I am so very proud to be a part of such a determined courageous family.  I admire each of you just as I admire Sgt. Remsburg. You are all my heroes. Thank you for allowing me to walk beside you on our journey.


   

Comments

Submitted by Unconstitutional at 07:55 PM on March 3, 2014
Of the estimated 2 billion drives after drinking alcohol in this country every single year, the great majority of people make it home just fine. Of the 11,000 people killed in "alcohol related accidents" in the year 2011... *2,000 were drunk pedestrians killed crossing the street by sober drivers. *2,000 were single vehicle accidents. *1,000 were drunk passengers where no one who was drunk was driving. *500 were hit and runs where the driver was never identified and only assumed to be drunk. MADD likes to mislead people by saying that "alcohol related accidents" are all cause by drunk drivers. "Alcohol related accidents" means anyone who was involved in the crash who might have had a BAC of .01 or higher. Fear mongering, brainwashing, propaganda, testimonials, outright lies. These are the weapons of MADD and the NHTSA.
Submitted by anonymous at 07:49 PM on February 11, 2014
I myself have not lost anyone to a drunk driver. But I am concerned on the safety of people in the small communities in Kansas. Where people are in small numbers and many still live as it was fifty years ago. They drink and drive from one small town 30 miles away to another.They do not think twice of ever getting caught they are either friends with the police or their parents are. I was told by the police apartment the only way they would pull a person over who had been drinking if they were doing something wrong while driving. So if I call in and tell them a certain person was drinking and driving they could not pull them over???? On the MADD web page it says to call 911 to report a drunk driver. So I assume that the Police department is informing me wrong????? Does someone want to make it clear to me that yes the police are To pull over a person that has been reported as a drunk driver??
Submitted by TheInnocentMan at 01:13 PM on February 11, 2014
Does MADD keep any statistics regarding the number of law enforcement officers and others connected to the criminal justice system who are cited for DUI? In 2011 I had the great misfortune of hiring an attorney who had been fired from the DA's office after his third DUI; in fact in his first case he was given MADD classes as a condition of his probation. He was supposed to attend MADD classes twice a week for the first six weeks then once a week for the remaining six weeks, paying $477 for the course. He failed to comply and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was able to get the probation requirement vacated, his rationale was that the MADD classes took time away from his job, which at that time was prosecuting those charged with DUI and other crimes. Do you find this as disturbing as I do? Very Kind Regards, Jeff Burleson jtburleson@aol.com 760-274-3906
Submitted by licku at 10:49 PM on February 10, 2014
Sorry for all your losses. But the DUI system is nothing but a money racketeering system!!!! Someone who has two beers and gets arrested is bs!!!! I spent time in jail and did your work detail. Cost me over 10,000 dollars!!!! I did not kill or injury anyone!!! I know if drink two alcohol beverages I will do no harm!!!! All you r is crooks!!!! I understand if someone does abuse should b held accountable!!! We need to change the consequents of others. I lost my promotion and was domoted because of this!!! How am I suppose to support myself now?
Submitted by Anonymous at 05:01 PM on February 7, 2014
My 17 year old daughter was killed by a drunk driver on May 4, 1990, exactly 10 years and 1 day after MADD's founder lost her daughter. I will be eternally grateful to MADD for all the love and support I received. Y'all made all the difference in the world to me and my family.

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