When MADD saw how Pokemon Go motivated everyone to get outisde and walk, we thought it dovetailed nicely with our Walk Like MADD events, our signature fundraisers that take place across the nation.
So, Walk Like MADD Dallas headed out to Klyde Warren Park today to offer Pokemon trainers the opportunity to catch a few more little monsters and receive a $5 registration discount with the promo code "Pokemon."
With a lure set up at a Pokestop, we went on Facebook Live. Watch it now.
We snapped a few pictures of our hard-working fundraisers and some wild Pokemon.
By Ron Replogle, MADD National Law Enforcement Initiatives Manager and Retired Missouri State Highway Patrol
In May, I attended the Southwest Missouri Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Springfield, Missouri.
The service is conducted yearly to honor and memorialize the police officers who pay the ultimate sacrifice and are killed in the line of duty during the previous year. A roll call of the officer’s names and their agencies is conducted during the service.
Unfortunately, 128 names were read this year, one of which was Trooper James M. Bava of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the agency I retired from last year. Trooper Bava was only 25 years old, and he had served with the Patrol for just two short years when he died in a crash while trying to overtake a speeding motorcycle.
Sitting in the service, I began to think of the other 30 Missouri State Troopers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during the MSHP’s 85 year history. Four of those troopers were struck and killed by drunk drivers.
One was Corporal Michael E. Webster, an academy classmate and close friend of mine. Corporal Webster was struck and killed by a drunk driver standing roadside while conducting a traffic stop on US 40 highway in Blue Springs, Missouri on October 2, 1993. He was struck by the drunk driver and carried on the hood of the vehicle for approximately 200 feet before the driver stopped.
Mike was transported to a hospital in Kansas City where he died the following evening. He was only 33 years old and left behind his wife, a 6 year old daughter and a 20 month old son.
Mike was one of those guys that everyone liked and he had an infectious smile. He never met a stranger and had a great career ahead of him. Unfortunately and sadly, that career was cut short and a mother was left alone to raise two young children because someone chose to drink and drive.
I will never forget my friend, Corporal Michael E. Webster, badge #473. Rest in peace brother!
On July 7th, I had the privilege of witnessing roughly 100 Delaware Law Enforcement Officers swear in to the 2016 Checkpoint Strike Force, a six-month campaign aimed at preventing drunk drivers from endangering others or themselves.
An impressive group of attendees gathered together in a solemn but hopeful event. Attendees included Department of Safety & Homeland Security Secretary James N. Mosley, the Attorney General Matt Denn, and Selbyville Police Department Chief Scott Collins, who also serves as 2nd Vice Chairman of the Delaware Police Chiefs' Council, and indicated the strong support statewide for this operation.
Seeing the officers take the oath read by the Attorney General gave me hope in a week that is always the most difficult of the year for me.
It is the week of the crash that 12 years ago took the life of my son Dustin.
But knowing these brave men and women were making a commitment to be out in force protecting our public roadways and taking drunk and drugged drivers off the roads, I promised the officers I would be there to honor them.
If there had been a sobriety checkpoint on the night Dustin was killed, he would be with our family today. So, this event, and the Strike Force in which they will serve, was tremendously important, both to me personally and MADD. One of MADD's top priorities is the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®, now in its 10th year.
One thing MADD has learned in 36 years is this: if we truly are to eliminate drunk driving, we need our partners in law enforcement, traffic safety, and government to all work together. We can't do it without them!
Law Enforcement Officers are keeping our communities safe from those who choose to drink and drive. This DUI enforcement campaign in Delaware, which continues through the end of the year, is a critical part of traffic safety.
I believe that together, we will create a nation of NO MORE VICTIMS®.
Which Walk T-shirt Will You Wear in 2017?
As we prepare for the 2017 Walk Like MADD season, we are pleased to have the opportunity for the first time to ask for YOUR input into next year's t-shirt.
If you have ever participated in a Walk Like MADD event or other charity walk, you know many participants treasure the t-shirt for years. The shirt may represent a connection to a lost loved one or a reminder of a powerful and important event.
So this year, we proudly share with you three design options. Vote for your favorite. We will announce the winning design in August!
Which one speaks to you? Do you have a favorite? Or one that you feel best captures our shared mission to end drunk driving?
Drunk and drugged driving destroys families.
It destroyed ours 12 years ago this month when our youngest son Dustin was killed. My husband Skip, our son Casey, and I have survived. But nothing is the same.
When the four of us were together, we had a lot of fun… memorable trips to Disney World, summer vacations to Lake George and Cape Cod. We followed the boys on their athletic pursuits.
But the everyday moments are what I miss the most...Dustin sitting on the floor of the bedroom talking to me about his day…….the simple “I love you” before bed.
Even though you, as a parent, understand that some of those special moments will pass as your child grows, you could always look forward to what the next special moment. And the one after that. And the one after that. Drunk drivers take that away. An offender's selfish decision to drink and drive not only kills people but destroys all the memories that might have been. They are a plague in our society and kill more than 10,000 people every year, injure nearly 200,000 and cost us, as a nation, nearly $200 billion to clean up the mess.
Those are statistics. They’re shocking. But no number compares to the devastation of losing someone you love.
That’s why I’m here as National President of MADD… to try to make a difference, to try to make people understand that we have to fight this scourge. We MUST pass laws that stop this. We MUST adjudicate those laws properly, not suspend sentences in egregious cases that take lives. And personally, I believe we MUST make the decision to never to drink and drive.
My heart is breaking today….my heart cries every time I hear the news of yet another person killed by a drunk/drugged driver….my heart, like all the victims and survivors, needs to heal.
We can win the fight. It won’t be easy. And everyone needs to be a part of it. Our son Dustin can’t be here, but he is still making a difference. Please help us create a future with No More Victims® by donating $18 today in memory of the precious 18 years I had with my boy. Forever 18, forever in my heart.
I will never forget the kiss Dustin gave me in front of Niagara Falls as I held him close. Don't miss the kiss of your loved one. Donate today.
God Bless you and God Bless America.