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Time for Annie's law in Ohio dwindling

The clock is ticking for Annie’s law, an Ohio bill that would require all offenders to prove they are sober before driving.

The bill calls for ignition interlocks, a device that has prevented more than 1.77 million drunk driving attempts. The bill is named after Annie Rooney, an attorney who was killed by a repeat drunk driver.

Her brother and national MADD Board Member Dr. Walt Rooney talked about his sister on Facebook Live recently.

Dr. Walt Rooney talks Annie's Law and drunk driving prevention

#MADDLive with drunk driving victim and MADD National Boardmember Dr. Walt Rooney

Posted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on Friday, November 11, 2016

Annie's father and sister are visiting each Ohio Senate committee member, caring the story of their loved one and the need for ignition interlocks for all offenders.

Ohio residents, we need you to speak up! Please send this email to your representatives to let them know you support #AnniesLaw


World Remembrance Day honors victims

Today, we pause.

Often, the enormity of the task before us – eliminating drunk driving – requires action - action from MAD, action from supporters, and action from victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving. 

But not today. 

Today, we recognize the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR), a day set aside to remember the many millions of people killed and injured on the world’s roads on the third Sunday of November each year. 

We take a moment to thank emergency services personnel and first responders, who encounter the traumatic aftermath of drunk driving and crashes caused by other causes. Often, these people put their own lives on the line to provide lifesaving medical treatment. Just as importantly, they are there to whisper words of support and hold someone’s hand during a difficult time. 

Each year, millions of people are newly injured or killed on the world’s roadways and highways. Family and friend experience their own grief and trauma. So, today also serves as a day to recognize their loss and suffering. We remember and honor the victims and their loved ones.

The day was first celebrated in 1995 by road victim organizations in the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR). The idea caught on with Africa, South America, and Asia quickly joining. Last year, the day celebrated its 20th anniversary of observance and the 10th anniversary of World Day being adopted by the United Nations.

MADD proudly serves the victims of drunk and drugged driving as one of the largest victim services organizations in the country. Some of the services we provide include helping victims navigate the court system, connect with local resources, and introducing victims to others experiencing a similar pain. If you need assistance or support, please call our 24/7 national Victim Help Line at 1-877-MADD-HELP.


MADD Nat. Pres. welcomes officers to the fight

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®.


The day the music died

Caroline Sue Sine of St. Petersburg, Florida died August 15, 2016, from injuries she sustained after the car she was driving was struck on the driver’s side by an alleged drunk driver who ran a red light. She and her boyfriend Sean Hankins were returning from a night at the movies. Fortunately, Sean survived and he expects to fully recover from what was tragically a preventable crash. The other driver had been convicted of a prior DUI offense. Caroline was just 34 years old.

After graduating from the University of South Florida’s Music program, Caroline taught music in the Pinellas County Florida school system. She taught at Sexton, Blanton, Bay Point, Bay Vista, and Pinellas Central Elementary schools. She was an excellent teacher, leader, and was loved and respected by both students and peers. More than 400 attended an emotional farewell at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center. Caroline was highly organized, had a passion for teaching chorus and band, and taught violin privately after school. She participated in community chorus in St. Petersburg and developed an after-school music program for underprivileged children. She sought to include iPad technology in her classes so that students could learn to write and create music.

Caroline’s infectious enthusiasm and 3000-watt smile touched the lives and hearts of many, she was an avid runner, and played softball in league sports around St. Petersburg.

Caroline overcame many difficulties to reach her state in life, as a NICU baby, she struggled in her first 6 1/2 weeks of life. She needed an extra year to complete her studies at both Broward Community College and the University of South Florida, but she never quit, and always maintained her cheerfulness, enthusiasm, and determination. She always found a solution to whatever challenged her.  She was a thriver, not just a survivor. She sought to continuously improve in life.

Team ‘Barracuda,’ named for one of her favorite songs, and Team ‘Butterfly Bean Sweet Caroline’ have formed for the upcoming 'Walk Like MADD’ to be held in Largo, Florida, November 19, 2016.  Team members are walking to end drunk driving in Pinellas County and all of Florida so that tragedies like Caroline’s don’t continue to happen.  These teams support MADD’S effort to promote laws which require ignition interlock devices that will prevent multiple DUI offenders from driving under the influence of alcohol.  These devices can save lives. 

Will you help Team ‘Barracuda’, Team ‘PCMEA Remembers Sweet Caroline’, and Team ‘Butterfly Bean Sweet Caroline’ support MADD’s goal to end drunk driving in Pinellas County and all throughout all of Florida?


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