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NTSB’s 2015 Most Wanted List

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released its 2015 Most Wanted List, which represents the NTSB's advocacy priorities. It is designed to increase awareness of, and support for, the most critical changes needed to reduce transportation incidents and save lives.

One of the items in their top 10 list is to eliminate substance-impaired driving, which includes both drunk and/or drugged driving.

MADD thanks the NTSB for its ongoing support of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® and inclusion of substance-impaired driving on the list. We look forward to continuing our work with the NTSB to eliminate drunk driving and fight drugged driving. 

The full top 10 list includes:

  1. Disconnect from Deadly Distractions
  2. Make Mass Transit Safer
  3. Improve Rail Tank Car Safety
  4. End Substance-Impaired Driving
  5. Strengthen Commercial Trucking Safety
  6. Strengthen Procedural Compliance
  7. Prevent Loss-of-Control in General Aviation
  8. Implement Positive Train Control in 2015
  9. Require Medical Fitness for Duty
  10. Enhance Public Helicopter Safety

Click here to visit the NTSB’s website to learn more about their 2015 Most Wanted List.


Concerned Citizens: The First Line of Defense to Stop Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking

Originally featured in the 2014 fall edition of MADDvocate®.

A concerned citizen is anyone who cares about keeping the community where they live safe from drunk and drugged drivers.

Perhaps you’ve seen media coverage of a particular story that makes you want to get involved. Or maybe you are concerned about a neighbor, family member, friend or co-worker who you believe drinks and drives, but are not sure what to do about it.

Here are some ways you can make a difference, as a concerned citizen:

  • Call the police anytime you see someone drinking and driving. The more legitimate calls to your local law enforcement, the more likely the impaired driver will be apprehended.
  • Have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle if your name is on the title of a vehicle being driven by an alleged drunk driver.
  • If you know a person is on probation for drunk driving and you see him or her driving impaired, contact the individual’s probation office in the county in which the offense occurred to alert authorities to the driver’s actions.
  • Call the Alcohol Beverage Control Board in your state to register a complaint if you witness a local establishment allowing underage drinking.

For other useful tips on who to call and what you can do, email victims@madd.org to request a prevention brochure. You can also sign up to become a MADD volunteer and work to prevent drunk driving in your community. Together, we can save lives.

We need every voice in the fight against drunk driving. Click here to find out the many ways you can help.


Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Today is the first ever National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day—a time to show support to law enforcement officers that serve to protect our community.

High-visibility law enforcement techniques that catch drunk and drugged drivers and discourage others from driving drunk are part of our Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®These techniques have been proven to reduce drunk driving deaths by 20 percentThat is why MADD works so closely with the officers who keep our families safe on and off the roads

Join us in honoring the heroes who keep our roads safe by sharing this image on your social channels:

 

Tweet: 10,076 people were killed last year in drunk driving crashes. RT to help raise awareness. http://ctt.ec/Jcr49+ http://ctt.ec/7ZBHt+

 


Meet MADD’s New National President

Thirty-five years after a grieving mother started one of the most influential and effective grassroots movements in history, we’re pleased to announce our new National President, Colleen Sheehey-Church, the first victim of drugged driving to serve as MADD’s National President.

Colleen’s 18-year-old son, Dustin, drowned after the car he was riding in, driven by a teen with alcohol and drugs in her system, crashed into a river, trapping Dustin in the vehicle. She joined MADD a year later in 2005.  Read Dustin’s story here.

“No one ever dreams about becoming MADD’s National President, because it means that you have suffered the most unimaginable pain of a death or injury due to the preventable crime of drunk or drugged driving,” says Sheehey-Church. “I was drowning in grief after I lost my son, until I called MADD. I only wished I had called sooner. I’m honored and humbled to represent the victims we couldn’t save, stand alongside those we have and advocate to keep innocent lives safe on our nation’s roadways.”

Read Colleen’s first blog post as MADD’s National President.

Read Colleen’s bio.


New Fatality Data & Campaign Report Show Progress

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the 2013 state-by-state fatality data. Nationally, drunk driving fatalities decreased from 10,322 in 2012 to 10,076 in 2013. Despite this progress, 31 percent of all fatalities in 2013 involved a drunk driver, meaning that nearly one out of three fatalities resulted from this 100 percent preventable crime.

Since the launch of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®, 24 states have passed an all offender ignition interlock law, and drunk driving deaths are down by more than 24 percent since 2006. The Campaign calls for more high visibility law enforcement through sobriety checkpoints, all convicted drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock device, and the development of advanced vehicle technology, like the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), which one day can eliminate drunk driving completely.

Next week, MADD will be releasing the 2015 Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving Report to the Nation, which provides an overview of legislative accomplishments, highlights state-by-state drunk driving reform, and provides a glimpse of what is on the horizon. The report rates each state based on the adoption of five proven DUI countermeasures. So be on the lookout next week for this exciting new information!


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