By Colleen Sheehey-Church
MADD National President
I had the pleasure recently to be part of a ceremony honoring 20 new graduates from the Drug Recognition Expert Academy, which brings the total in the state of New York to 250.
MADD New York Executive Director Rich Mallow organized the event, which featured Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco and Deputy Sheriff Michael Kern, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Drug Coordinator Renée Borden, and MADD New York Advisory Board member Cheryl Haiken.
I told the officers that every day MADD is thankful for what they do, and we realize that, as they save lives, they are often putting their own lives at risk. Their presence makes people think twice about getting behind the wheel when they’re impaired.
It’s always an honor for me to thank the men and women who work so hard to keep our roads safe. And that night at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, N.Y. as I handed out New York 1192 Breast Bar Awards for Drugged Driving Enforcement, I thanked each officer personally. With their continued help, one day, there will be NO MORE VICTIMS®.