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The Scariest Part of Halloween
By MADD | October 29, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

The scariest part of Halloween isn’t the spooky costumes and haunted houses. It’s the fact that far too often people don’t plan ahead for a safe way home before drinking alcohol. Every year we hear the stories of Halloween celebrations turned tragic for innocent people, like Jean Dyess or Jessica Fraire, enjoying the holiday.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half (48%) of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night in 2012 involved a drunk driver. These numbers usually are even higher when the holiday falls on a weekend like it does this year.

This Halloween, MADD urges both partygoers and trick-or-treaters to plan ahead to help keep everyone safe.

Going trick-or-treating:

  • Be extra alert when crossing the street.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and treat buckets.
  • Bring a flashlight (with extra batteries) so you can see and be seen at night.

Attending a party:

  • Designate a non-drinking driver before you head out to make sure you and your loved ones arrive home safely.
  • Save the number of a local cab service in your phone or download a ride-share app prior to heading out.
  • Consider hiring a shuttle or limousine service to transport you and your friends to and from your event.
  • Arrange a hotel stay for you and your friends on the evening of the event so no one drives home impaired.

Hosting a Halloween party:

  • Never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21.
  • Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests.
  • Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
  • Be prepared to get everyone home safe by having the number of a taxi service on hand for those who need a ride.
  • Be ready with some clean linens so you can turn your sofa into a hotel for guests who need to stay the night.

Click here to get the pattern to carve your own MADD Jack-O-Lantern!


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.


Celebrity or Not, Drunk Driving Is Unacceptable
By MADD | September 30, 2014 | Filed in: Drugged Driving , Drunk Driving

Over the past few days there have been several mentions of drunk and drugged driving in entertainment news: Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini were rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver, Amanda Bynes was arrested on Sunday for allegedly driving under influence of an unidentified drug, and now Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was arrested for DUI early this morning.

This isn’t the first time for Phelps. He was charged and pleaded guilty to a DUI in 2004 at the age of 19, when he shouldn’t have been drinking in the first place. If the newest charges prove to be true, he clearly didn’t learn his lesson. However, it proves what we already know. Far too often first-time offenders repeat their action unless something is done to disrupt the pattern.

That is why MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving calls for all drivers convicted of drunk driving to get an alcohol ignition interlock, even first time offenders. Interlocks reduce repeat offenses by 67 percent according to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Fortunately, no one was injured in any of these three instances, but too many times innocent people are killed or injured because of someone’s choice to drink and drive. It takes the lives of 28 people a day in stories that may not make the evening news or social media. 

Tired of reading headlines like these? We are too. Drinking and driving is a choice and is 100 percent preventable. But we need your help to stop it. Volunteer with your local MADD office to help educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving. Help us work to pass lifesaving laws or provide support to those impacted by this violent crime.

In other words, we need you to get MADD.


74% of Adults Agree Interlocks No-Brainer
By MADD | September 29, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

A new study published in the September issue of Accident Analysis & Prevention, surveyed adults nationwide about their attitudes toward road-safety laws, including ignition interlock devices. The results show that 74% of adults support interlocks for all DUI offenders.

Requiring all convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlocks to prove they are sober before they drive is a no-brainer. Since New Mexico's interlock law was implemented in 2005, drunk driving fatalities are down by 38 percent. Since Arizona and Louisiana implemented their interlock law in 2007, drunk driving deaths have decreased by 43 and 35 percent, respectively. In Oregon, as a result of 2008 interlock law, DUI deaths are down 42 percent. Simply put, these laws work.

That’s why MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for the passage of laws requiring the use of lifesaving ignition interlocks by all convicted drunk drivers in all 50 states, and we are glad to know that the public agrees.

Currently, 24 states require interlocks for all offenders. Click here to see if your state is one of them, and if it isn’t, take action now and contact your lawmakers at www.madd.org/takeaction.    


Tips to Protect Children from Drunk Driving
By MADD | September 17, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Children are our greatest resource and our future. That’s why MADD is taking action to help protect the children who are needlessly put in danger every day in this country.

While drunk driving is recognized as a violent crime, driving impaired with child passengers is not commonly acknowledged as a form of child endangerment or child abuse. No one should have to ride with an impaired driver. However, children have little choice when the driver is a parent or an adult caregiver.

If you see an adult who is visibly impaired attempting to drive with a child in the car:

  • Calmly suggest alternative transportation, recommend the driver postpone travel or offer to drive the child, if appropriate. Avoid a heated altercation that can put the child in further danger.
  • Call 911 at the time of the incident with as much information as possible (such as name of the driver, vehicle description and/or license plate, and destination). Also be sure to give them your name and contact information for responding officers.
  • Document the situation so that your notes can be used later.
  • Notify another parent or caregiver of the situation.
  • Teach children techniques for keeping themselves safe if they are ever forced to ride with an impaired driver (see below).
  • Report your concerns to state or local child protective agencies.

Here are some tips you can teach your kids or a child you know who might find themselves in a situation where they are riding with a drinking driver:

  • Sit in the back seat.
  • Buckle-up tight and use your booster seat, if needed.
  • Put all of your belongings on the floor.
  • Do not bother the driver and stay quiet.
  • Tell a trusted grown-up immediately about any unsafe ride.

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