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Please Support Alisa’s Law
By MADD | August 21, 2014 | Filed in: Drugged Driving

So far, thousands of MADD supporters have contacted their legislators in support of Alisa’s Law. We’ve helped show Congresswoman Lowey that as she fights for Alisa’s Law, she has us fighting by her side. If you haven’t emailed your legislator yet, you can do that here.

Together, we’ve changed the culture on drunk driving. In 2006, New Mexico was the only state to require all convicted drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock. Today, thanks to you and MADD supporters like you, almost half of all states have passed similar laws.

But we need to keep the fight going to get the other 26 states to pass this lifesaving legislation so that convicted drunk drivers can’t continue to endanger innocent lives.

With your support, this new legislation that bears Alisa’s name can protect another daughter, son, mother, father, sister, or brother from sharing her fate. Please make your urgent tax-deductible contribution today.

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“As honored as I am to have this legislation in Alisa’s name, I wish more than anything that we didn’t need an Alisa’s Law, or a Leandra’s Law in New York, or an Emma’s Law in South Carolina, or a Melanie’s Law in Massachusetts – or any more laws to stop this needless and 100% preventable crime.”

– Jan Withers, MADD National President


MADD Statement on Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s DWI
By MADD | August 19, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

MADD supports government officials, regardless of political affiliation, who take drunk driving seriously. At the same time, we are dismayed each time we hear someone has made the choice to drive drunk – especially those we hold to a higher standard, such as elected officials. Drunk driving is 100% preventable and completely unacceptable, no matter the person behind the wheel, their profession or political party. 

In the specific case involving Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, MADD Texas publicly expressed disappointment with her actions, and we are grateful that no one was injured or killed. We reiterate that sentiment in light of recent events. Following her sentence, Mrs. Lehmberg offered a monetary donation to MADD Texas, which was accepted and used specifically to serve victims of drunk driving in Texas.

Just like last year's events now being re-played in the media, we want to steer clear of the politics and focus the story on the importance of making the safe choice to designate a non-drinking driver if alcohol is involved.


The U.S Widely Opposes Lowering Drinking Age
By MADD | August 13, 2014 | Filed in: Underage Drinking , Power of Parents

According to a new poll released by Gallup, 74 percent of Americans are against lowering the drinking age to 18 while only 25 percent would favor it.


  Graph from gallup.com


At MADD, we support the 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age law because it prevents tragedies—decreasing crashes by an estimated sixteen percent and saving more than 25,000 lives. Click here to read more reasons why 21 saves lives. 

Sign up for our legislative alerts, and we’ll let you know when legislation to lower the drinking age is introduced in your state.

To learn more about the current 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age law, click here, and to read the full report from this poll, click here.


It Takes a Village
By MADD | August 12, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Originally featured in the 2014 summer edition of MADDvocate®.

Walk Like MADD

MADD volunteers Bob and Kaye Walsh and Heather Geronemus are unstoppable. When it comes to organizing successful Walk Like MADD community fundraisers, they work like mad. The three agree it takes a village—committed volunteers, generous sponsors, walking and running enthusiasts, and a passion for saving lives—to get the job done.

Virginia Beach

In 1997, after their daughter Robin was killed by a repeat drunk driver, it took some time before Bob and Kaye would consider volunteering for MADD. Seven years later, they decided that they were ready and began speaking at MADD Victim Impact Panels (VIPs).

“Talking about Robin really helped.” Kaye says about her daughter. “If we changed one mind about drinking and driving, then it was worth our time.”

By 2010, this dynamic duo had shared their compelling message with thousands of Navy military personnel, high school and college students, and citizens of Virginia Beach. They’d spent countless hours answering the calls of victims.

Read more.

Fort Lauderdale

After observing a Walk Like MADD event in South Florida, it was no surprise when MADD volunteer and public relations professional Heather Geronemus was asked to chair Fort Lauderdale’s Walk the next year. With a successful track record in organizing fundraisers for other charities in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area, Heather had some innovative ideas.

“We needed to change it up,” Heather says. That meant including a 5k run called the MADD Dash. And getting corporate sponsors involved. “We created a 5k run component, which attracts a lot of people because we have a robust running community. Our Walk event has something for everyone: runners, walkers, kids, award sfor the fastest runs and more,” Heather says. “MADD is here for everyone!”

When her father, Dr. Robert Geronemus, was struck and killed by a hit-and-run drunk driver in 2009, Heather wanted to do something to honor him. Organizing a MADD fundraiser in their hometown was the perfect fit.

Read more.

 


Delaware Governor Signs All-Offender Interlock Law
By MADD | August 7, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Yesterday, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law a bill that will protect families in Delaware by reducing drunk driving deaths.

The new law requires all drunk drivers convicted with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater to use an ignition interlock on their vehicle for at least four months. Offenders with a BAC of .15 or greater or who are repeat offenders would be required to go on the interlock for a longer period.

Previously, interlock devices were required only for first offenders arrested with a blood-alcohol concentration of .15 or higher or who refused to take a chemical test, and for repeat drunk drivers.

When MADD launched the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® in 2006 only one state, New Mexico, had interlock legislation for all offenders. Delaware joins Alabama, Mississippi, and New Hampshire, which also passed lifesaving legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk driving offenders this year, bringing the total number of states with mandatory interlock laws to 24.

Similar laws enacted in other states have helped reduce drunk driving deaths. Since Arizona and Oregon implemented their interlock law, drunk driving deaths have decreased by 43 and 42 percent respectively. MADD has made ignition interlocks for all offenders our number one legislative priority because these devices save lives.

MADD applauds the leadership of Representatives Keeley and Smyk and Senate Majority Leader McBride, as well as all Delaware legislators for passing this lifesaving legislation.

For more information on interlocks, please visit www.madd.org/interlock

Delaware Governor Jack Markell signs HB-212 into law at AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Wilmington, Del. headquarters.  From left to right:  Jamie Nutter, Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze, P.A.; bill sponsor, Representative Helene M. Keeley, (D-3 Wilmington); Debbie Weir, CEO, MADD; Sharon W. Bryson, Deputy Director, NTSB; Marke Dickinson, Executive Vice President, AAA Mid-Atlantic; and Jack Dalton, Director at Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers

 


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