From 2012 to 2013, drunk driving fatalities decreased by 2.5 percent nationwide. How did your state do?
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Every day in the United States, 28 people are killed in drunk driving crashes and hundreds more are injured. And the risk of sharing the road with a drunk driver is even higher on holidays, like New Year’s. In fact, New Year’s Day is the most dangerous day of the year for drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.
So before you gather with family and friends to ring in the New Year, make sure you’ve made the necessary plans for how to keep your loved ones safe.
- Before your New Year’s Eve celebration begins, make a plan to get home safely. If you plan on drinking, designate a non-drinking driver ahead of time and leave your keys at home, or program the phone number of a friend or local taxi service to your phone.
- If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. They’ll thank you for it. Click here to get more tips to prevent someone from driving drunk.
- Never get in a car with someone who has been drinking. There’s always another way to get home safely – it’s never worth the risk.
- If you see someone driving drunk, always call the police. Getting drunk drivers off the roads prevents tragedies and saves lives.
Hosting a party?
- As guests RSVP, confirm that they have a plan for a safe way home via a non-drinking designated driver (rideshare service, public transportation, taxi, etc.).
- Plan activities like party games or door prize drawings that do not involve alcohol and engage people, resulting in a lower consumption of alcohol.
- Have the number of a taxi service or a rideshare app on hand or offer your sofa to guests who need to stay put.
- View our safe party guide for more handy host or hostess tips.
Make this New Year’s holiday something to celebrate by preventing drunk driving. Happy New Year!
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A lot goes in to planning the perfect New Year's Eve celebration, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants to help you with your checklist:
√ Reservations for two at that fancy restaurant you’ve always wanted to try – check.
√ The perfect outfit for that night on the town – check.
√ Your favorite bottle of bubbly for that midnight toast – check.
• A designated non-drinking driver – check?
After the ball drops and rings in the New Year, sadly it also rings in the deadliest day on the roads due to drunk driving. In 2013, 70 people died on New Year’s Day alone.
To keep everyone safe on the roads, MADD is joining forces with Lyft and UBER. Together, we urge all adults that if your plans include alcohol then plan ahead and designate a non-drinking driver before the celebrations begin.
Both services will be donating to MADD’s mission – Every ride can save a life.
UBER: Enter promo code MADDNYE from 6:00 p.m. local time New Year’s Eve to 6:00 a.m. local time New Year’s Day and UBER will donate $1 to MADD for every ride nationwide.
Lyft: Starting 6:00 a.m. local time December 29 through 6:00 a.m. local time New Year’s Day, pledge to get home safe at Lyft.com/NYE and $1 per pledge nationwide will benefit MADD.
Don’t start the New Year in tragedy. Make a resolution to designate a non-drinking driver 100% of the time to make sure you, your loved ones and everyone on the roads gets home safely.
On May 31, 2006, Crystal McCoy’s life was forever changed when a drunk driver, driving on the wrong side of the road, crashed into her. She doesn’t remember the crash, only the headlights as they came her way.
She had severe injuries to her face, hips, pelvis, knees and ankle, and has had to undergo 13 surgeries so far. For the first five weeks she couldn’t speak and had to write everything down—she still has those journals. Her four-year-old was scared of her because of the way she looked after the crash ... she had lost her teeth.
She was in the hospital for months and couldn’t move to even look outside, and when she was finally released, she cried when she first saw a tree. She still wasn’t able to walk, but was determined to do so again for her two young children. In fact, she shocked nurses when she returned for a visit and was able to walk on her own.
While Crystal’s Memorial Day – the day the crash happened – will never be the same, her Christmas holiday is “even more special now,” she says. She knows how precious life is and doesn’t want to take anything for granted.
Christmas is Crystal’s favorite holiday. One tradition she has is to always decorate her Christmas tree on her father’s birthday. She also creates a special ornament each Christmas for her tree to celebrate yet another year of life she was fortunate enough to live.
Crystal has a different life now, a different vocation, and she can’t do all of things she used to love to do like ride a horse or go line dancing, but she wants people to know that they should “never give up, it will get better. It doesn’t seem like it will, but it will.”
By Colleen Sheehey-Church, MADD President Elect
Recently, I had the privilege and honor to join MADD National President Jan Withers, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and State Attorney General Lisa Madigan at a candlelight vigil in Chicago. MADD Illinois and Secretary of State White co-hosted the event along with the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists to honor those killed or injured by drunk drivers.
Among the speakers were victims Margaret Borcia and Kelly Collins. Kelley’s son Michael was a student at Illinois State University who was killed by a drunk driver last spring. She eloquently put into words what so many of us feel when she said, “Drinking and driving took away our son, a trusted brother, loving family member and friend. But what remains is a family united, not in bitterness, but in togetherness.” Read more about Michael here.
It is that togetherness that keeps MADD focused on helping victims, supporting law enforcement and working toward the ultimate goal of eliminating drunk driving.
|Jan Withers and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White|
|Michael's parents, Kelly and Jim Collins|