We are excited to share with you our new television public service announcement (PSA) for Walk Like MADD, thanks to the generosity of our National Media Partner Velocity!
Please watch and share this new PSA to help spread the word about Walk Like MADD!
Walk Like MADD is the only large-scale, community-based 5K event that provides those personally impacted by drunk driving, and their network of supporters and friends, the opportunity to take steps to stop drunk driving in their community and nationwide. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® provides the answer and Walk Like MADD provides the venue to rally the support of everyday citizens to help put an end to this 100 percent preventable crime.
There are still many Walk events taking place this year, and several more 2016 events already open for registration! Will you join us?
If you are unable to attend a Walk because of the date or location, you can still sign up as a virtual walker and raise money to eliminate drunk driving in your community. Whatever way you contribute, your support is greatly appreciated.
Don’t have a Walk near you? This year, 34 Walk Like MADD events across the country are run entirely by volunteers who want to make an impact in the fight against drunk driving in their community. If you are interested in learning more about starting a Walk Like MADD event near you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your support and hope to see you at a Walk Like MADD event near you soon!
Serving as MADD’s National President, I get the opportunity to attend special events across the country, like the recent Walk Like MADD in Denver, Colorado. It’s one of the largest and most successful Walks— more than $114,000 was raised at this year’s event!
Supporters like the Bachus & Schanker Law firm have stood by us for nine years as the Statewide Sponsor. Mickey Kay, the chair of our state advisory board single-handedly raised more than $7,000 on his own, while his team added another $3,000.
The community support for the 10th annual event was uplifting. Sloan’s Lake Park was filled with tents, games, Pom Cheerleaders from Cherry Creek, hundreds of people, and lots of love. Making the event even more special was the arrival of AirLife Denver, a medical helicopter transport that is always ready when needed. Getting a chance to sit in the chopper was exciting for the kids… and a few adults too.
I was able to spend time at the event with my brother Chris and his family, who live in Denver. We remembered my son Dustin who was killed by a drunk driver. At events like these, my goal is to remember all the victims and survivors, inspire others to help MADD, empower volunteers to continue to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, and to remain committed until there are NO MORE VICTIMS™.
I wish I could attend all of the walks across the country. If I have the chance to come to your state, I hope we meet, talk and give each other a hug. I look forward to listening to your story and hearing why you choose to Walk Like MADD.
MADD is upset when anyone is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving; but when it’s a person’s third alleged offense, it’s an outrage. We hope no was injured or killed as a result of this alleged incident, and we support law enforcement’s efforts to thoroughly investigate the matter. If found guilty of drunk driving, we urge that Mr. Smith be required to install an ignition interlock on his vehicle to protect the public and prevent this from happening again. There were 867 drunk driving fatalities in California in 2013, more than one-fourth of all traffic fatalities in the state. With so many alternative ride options available, there’s no excuse for anyone to drink and drive.
By LaKeitha Stephens, Jade's mom
Jade Gabrielle Stephens was a bubbly, outgoing, cheerful little girl who always had something witty to say. Her laugh was infectious, and she had a way of making everyone that she met feel specially loved. To know Jade was to know true joy and happiness. You couldn’t help but love our little girl.
At 9 years old, she was coming into her own, budding into a young lady whose future promised to be bright. She was so excited that she was getting ready to be in the “double digits.” Turning 10 years old was a big deal to her. On July 19, 2014 – four days before her actual birthday on July 23 – we celebrated with friends and family at a local entertainment center. Little did we know, this would be our last moments with Jade.
We were on our way home from her birthday party, when out of nowhere tragedy blindsided us. A drunk driver ran a stop sign and t-boned our car on the side where Jade was sitting. We, Jade’s mother, father, and brother watched as Jade took her last breaths. It was unbelievable. We had just sung happy birthday to her an hour before.
After Jade passed, MADD was there for us. We were mad, and we wanted to be involved in raising awareness about drunk driving, and the devastation it can cause.
We participated in our first Walk Like MADD event in October 2014, just a few months after Jade’s death. We had the biggest team that year and we were able to raise a significant amount of money in a short period of time. It was encouraging to us to be around other families who had experienced the same loss, and to see how they were getting through it. It was like we were all one big team…one big family.
It is our goal to Walk Like MADD every year, and to raise more money, and have a bigger teams each year.
Though taken too soon, Jade touched many people‘s lives, and she leaves behind a powerful legacy. Jade’s death was not in vain. We want to continue her legacy and continue touching lives through the organizations like MADD.
As summer winds down and we head towards one of the last holiday weekends of the season, many families and friends will head to area lakes to celebrate. And while Labor Day weekend is a deadly weekend on our roadways, it can also be dangerous on our waterways.
Every boater needs to understand the risks of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs (BUI). It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. The Coast Guard also enforces a federal law that prohibits BUI. This law pertains to ALL boats from canoes and rowboats to the largest ships.
Most importantly, it’s dangerous – just as dangerous and driving a car under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Just ask Alex Otte. When she was 13 years old, she was on a jet ski on Lake Herrington in Danville, KY, when a bass boat going over 60 miles an hour ran into her, flipping the boat and landing on top of her. When Fish and Wildlife showed up on the scene and arrested the man, he was three times over the legal limit two hours later.
As for Alex, she shattered her jaw, broke her neck and collarbone, shattered both femurs, and lacerated her liver. She was in a coma for 4 days and the prognosis didn’t look good. When she woke up, she found that she had lost her right leg.
Now, five years later at the age of only 18, Alex is working to make BUI a bigger priority in the state of Kentucky. Currently, while there is a BUI law on the books, they are largely unenforced and the punishment for getting caught is much more lenient than those for Driving Under the Influence. For example, despite having three priors DUIs on his record, the man who hit Alex was only charged $250.
She is working hard with legislators and the state’s Fish and Wildlife Department to introduce legislation that would make BUI a more serious crime than it currently is. One provision would make the fines and punishments for BUI the same as for DUI. Another provision would make it so that if a person receives a license suspension due to DUI, then their boating registration would also be suspended for the same time period.
Alex wants to make sure that what happened to her never happens to anyone else. You can help as well. If your holiday plans include getting on the water, make sure that the person behind the wheel of the boat understands that drinking and boating is just as dangerous as drinking and driving.
BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE FACTS: