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Teen Alcohol Use Continues to Fall
By MADD | October 20, 2014 | Filed in: Underage Drinking , Power of Parents

According to new numbers released by the Department of Health and Human Services, Drug and alcohol use among America's teens continues to decline.

From 2002 to 2013, the rate of regular alcohol use among teens (12 to 17) declined from 17.6 percent to 11.6 percent.

These findings come from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH),an annual, nationally-representative survey of roughly 70,000 Americans aged 12 and older.

Despite a common myth that “everybody’s doing it,” we know that two out of three teens DON’T drink alcohol. And this new report proves it.

We are excited to hear this trend is continuing, especially with Red Ribbon Week just around the corner Find out how you can help reduce the deaths and injuries that come from underage drinking by visiting www.madd.org/redribbonweek to download all of our free Red Ribbon Week resources and learn how you can get involved in your community.


Uber and MADD Wisconsin Team Up to Save Lives
By MADD | October 17, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

As part of MADD's on-going efforts to encourage adults to plan ahead and always have a designated non-drinking driver, we are excited to announce that Uber and MADD Wisconsin have teamed up to save lives.

For every person that signs up in Madison from October 16th through October 23rd, Uber will donate $1 to MADD!

Thank you Uber for helping to prevent needless deaths and injuries because of drunk driving.Learn more at blog.uber.com/RideSafeMadison.


Your Car Can Save Lives
By MADD | October 13, 2014 | Filed in: General

How can you save lives with an unwanted car?  By donating it to MADD! Better yet, you can get a tax deduction at the same time. It’s a win-win!

Donating is easy. We accept all types of vehicles in any condition — from cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, ATVs, as well as boats. Even a vehicle that isn’t running can be sold for parts and contribute hundreds of dollars to support MADD’s mission.

Step 1: You fill out our online form at www.carsformadd.org, or call 877-623-3288.
Step 2:
We tow the vehicle at no cost to you.
Step 3: We send you a donation receipt.

Your donation helps fund vital programs not just to help end drunk driving but also to support its victims. Every year MADD provides victim services to tens of thousands of victims and survivors nationwide. MADD has helped save 300,000 lives and counting, help add to that number with your car donation.

Please consider donating your vehicle – or helping us spread the word that MADD accepts vehicle donations – and help save lives. 

Learn more at www.carsformadd.org.


Why We’re Here: Eric Fischer and Andrea Herrera
By MADD | October 1, 2014 | Filed in: Victim Stories

On October 10, 2013, 23-year-old Eric Fischer and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Andrea Herrera, left the restaurant where they were watching a Tigers game to take care of their newly adopted puppy, Otis. On their way to Eric’s house, a drunk and drugged driver ran a red light and hit the car Eric and Andrea were driving in, pushing them into the path of a semi-truck. Both Eric and Andrea were killed.

Eric and Andrea met earlier that year at a local steakhouse where they were both working, and were inseparable. Eric was known as an easy going guy with a big heart and an even bigger smile. He got along with everyone. Andrea was funny and very creative, with an eye and a talent for turning simple things into something beautiful through a photo or painting.

Both Andrea and Eric were going to school, Eric for marketing, and Andrea for graphic design before their lives were tragically cut short by someone’s choice to drink and drive.

After the crash, the Prosecutor connected Eric and Andrea’s families with MADD Michigan.  MADD Victim Advocate, Stephanie Hurst, helped prepare the families for the court process, accompanied them to the trial and offered a shoulder to lean on during the incredibly difficult time.

The drunk driver, who had a history of alcohol-related offenses, was sentenced to between 12-and-a-half and 30 years in prison.

With the trial behind them, Eric and Andrea’s families remain dedicated to making sure that this doesn’t happen to another family. They participated in this year’s Walk Like MADD event in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 13th, raising $5,315 to put an end to this 100 percent preventable crime once and for all.

Read more about Andrea and Eric on their tribute pages, or make a donation in their honor.


You Only Live Once
By Jan Withers | October 1, 2014 | Filed in: National President , Underage Drinking

I read an article recently titled, “This is What Brave Means,” by Glennon Doyle Melton. In the article, she relayed something that her daughter, Tish, said to her in the car, “Mom, how come everyone says YOLO to try to get people to do dangerous stuff? How ‘bout be SAFE because YOLO???? You Only Live Once, so try not to get yourself dead so soon.”

Underage drinking kills 4,700 people each year, more than all the other drugs combined. It is dangerous, and too often deadly.

Many teens push others to take these risks by telling them they are being fearless or daring. If they don’t they are often labeled wimps. But I love how Glennon illustrates bravery.

“Give me that girl [or guy] who says no in the face of pressure to bong a beer or bully a peer. Give me a girl [or guy] who pleases that internal voice before pleasing others. Give me that person so I can call her [or him] BRAVE loudly and proudly in front of the whole world. Give me a person who has the wisdom to listen to [his] her own voice and the courage to speak it out loud. Even if it disappoints others. Especially then.”

I say it again. Drinking before 21 is dangerous. It literally kills thousands of people every year, including my daughter Alisa who was killed by an underage drunk driver when she was 15.

As Tish says, “YOLO. You Only Live Once, so try not to get yourself dead too soon.” I like the way she thinks! She is brave.


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