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Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. PowerTalk 21™ is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, using the proven strategies of Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence™ to reduce the risk of underage drinking. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 10 minutes at 1-877-MADD-HELP.

Together, these programs ensure that MADD achieves its lifesaving mission.


Pokemon Go players encouraged to go to Walk Like MADD Dallas

When MADD saw how Pokemon Go motivated everyone to get outisde and walk, we thought it dovetailed nicely with our Walk Like MADD events, our signature fundraisers that take place across the nation.

So, Walk Like MADD Dallas headed out to Klyde Warren Park today to offer Pokemon trainers the opportunity to catch a few more little monsters and receive a $5 registration discount with the promo code "Pokemon."

With a lure set up at a Pokestop, we went on Facebook Live. Watch it now.

We snapped a few pictures of our hard-working fundraisers and some wild Pokemon.

   


Remembering Fallen Officers

By Ron Replogle, MADD National Law Enforcement Initiatives Manager and Retired Missouri State Highway Patrol

In May, I attended the Southwest Missouri Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Springfield, Missouri.

The service is conducted yearly to honor and memorialize the police officers who pay the ultimate sacrifice and are killed in the line of duty during the previous year.  A roll call of the officer’s names and their agencies is conducted during the service.

Unfortunately, 128 names were read this year, one of which was Trooper James M. Bava of the Missouri State  Highway Patrol, the agency I retired from last year. Trooper Bava was only 25 years old, and he had served with the Patrol for just two short years when he died in a crash while trying to overtake a speeding motorcycle. 

Sitting in the service, I began to think of the other 30 Missouri State Troopers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during the MSHP’s 85 year history. Four of those troopers were struck and killed by drunk drivers.

One was Corporal Michael E. Webster, an academy classmate and close friend of mine. Corporal Webster was struck and killed by a drunk driver standing roadside while conducting a traffic stop on US 40 highway in Blue Springs, Missouri on October 2, 1993.  He was struck by the drunk driver and carried on the hood of the vehicle for approximately 200 feet before the driver stopped.

Mike was transported to a hospital in Kansas City where he died the following evening. He was only 33 years old and left behind his wife, a 6 year old daughter and a 20 month old son. 

Mike was one of those guys that everyone liked and he had an infectious smile. He never met a stranger and had a great career ahead of him.  Unfortunately and sadly, that career was cut short and a mother was left alone to raise two young children because someone chose to drink and drive.

I will never forget my friend, Corporal Michael E. Webster, badge #473. Rest in peace brother!


Pick your favorite Walk Like MADD 2017 t-shirt

Which Walk T-shirt Will You Wear in 2017?

As we prepare for the 2017 Walk Like MADD season, we are pleased to have the opportunity for the first time to ask for YOUR input into next year's t-shirt.

If you have ever participated in a Walk Like MADD event or other charity walk, you know many participants treasure the t-shirt for years. The shirt may represent a connection to a lost loved one or a reminder of a powerful and important event.

So this year, we proudly share with you three design options. Vote for your favorite. We will announce the winning design in August!

All Together

This shirt design zeros in on how we are all in this together.


Will you Walk?

It's a powerful question, and it's one we ask every potential Walk participant.

Drunk Driving Ends Here

Simple, clean, and modern - this design puts it all out there without any distractions or visual clutter.

Vote now!

Which one speaks to you? Do you have a favorite? Or one that you feel best captures our shared mission to end drunk driving?


A 4th of July death may lead to stronger laws

Late July 4th, 2013, two women lay in neighboring hospital bays side by side, bloody and bruised after a violent car crash. Both were 36 years old, but only one would have the opportunity to turn 37.

One woman – a successful attorney passionately fought for women’s rights, pushed herself to conquer new physical and mental challenges, and acted as a champion in the fight against drunk driving.

The other – a repeat drunk driver with a Driving under the Influence charge nine months prior. She was seen swerving and speeding along an Ohio road before the crash with what was later proven to be a .20 blood alcohol concentration.

Today, we remember Annie Rooney, taken from us on the Fourth of July, what was supposed to be a celebration of our country, our freedoms.

Annie's Law - Ignition Interlocks for all Ohio drunk driving offenders

What she did not have the opportunity to achieve in life – making Ohio roads safe from drunk driving – her family hopes to achieve in her honor. Today, the Rooney’s and other Ohio resident wait in eager anticipation of the passage of Annie’s Law, a bill that would require all drunk driving offenders to install an ignition interlock. The bill, which passed the House earlier this year, now must pass the Senate.

“Annie would understand that this isn’t a punishment; it’s a public health policy,” said her brother, Walt, who now serves on the national MADD Board. “This is like vaccinating your kids for polio."

“A conviction and an ignition interlock would have saved Annie’s life,” he said. “Drunk driving offenders are a very high-risk group for repeating the offense. Some people say, ‘Well, only a third of them will repeat.’ That’s like saying that only one bullet will kill you, so it’s okay to play Russian roulette.”

Somehow, it’s very fitting that Annie Rooney’s death may prevent drunk driving, as she served as a passionate advocate against the 100% preventable crime in life. She worked as a prosecuting attorney in Montana, often raising her voice against a cultural of complacency and judges who didn’t appreciate the severity of drunk driving.

She understood the dangers. Her father, a surgeon in Ohio, regularly saw the damage done by drunk driving, and he made sure to take that message home to his kids. In fact, he recommended she drive a suburban, as it has enhanced safety features.

But it wasn’t enough to save her that July 4th.

Annie, an avid mountain biker who was looking for a sponsor to continue excelling at the sport, was driving home after picking up a bike at a friend’s house. The offender was going 100 miles per hour, resulting in several people calling into the police to report her erratic driving. An off-duty officer also pursued her because he witnessed her driving at dusk with no lights on through a school zone.

Eventually, she crossed the center line on Highway 50. Annie tried to swerve. The offender t-boned Annie’s car near the front wheel on the driver’s side. If it had been a head-on impact, Annie might have survived.

Her mother, sitting at home watching television, heard about a crash. She texted her daughter to watch out for it. The text was later found on Annie’s phone, unread.

A witness immediately stopped. Annie was in pain but conscious, and she remained so for the next 90 minutes as first responders tried to pry her out of the vehicle. She was taken to the hospital where her father had worked previously, where it was decided to move her to a trauma center.

Upon her arrival at the trauma center, as her younger sister and father stood watching, Annie went into cardiac arrest.

“My younger sister has been traumatized. It destroyed her life,” Walt said. “Annie moved back home a year before the crash to take care of our parents. They haven’t been able to get passed it.”

While Annie’s Law has failed to pass once before, the Rooney’s remain optimistic. After all, it’s what Annie would have done.

“Annie had a sense of optimism that you don’t often meet. She was always trying to find the positive people,” said Walt. “That inspired me. It wasn’t how I looked at the world. She lived very intensely. She was driven to help people who didn’t have a voice.”

Now, Walt and her family will serve as the voice for Annie and all drunk driving victims. If you'd like to join with the Rooney family, please consider donating today. It's the last day of the Uber match, where Uber DOUBLES all donations up to $25,000.


Voices of Victims: Kellie Murphy Wheatley

"We will never forget what a special angel we had in Kellie. Time does not heal and broken hearts are difficult to mend.”

These are the words spoken by George and Marilyn Murphy, the parents of Kellie Murphy Wheatley.

Kellie was a person who always went above and beyond for others, and she could always brighten anyone's day. When asked how Kellie is remembered, Mr. and Mrs. Murphy replied, “Kellie's two sons, her niece, and our two great granddaughters all have so many of Kellie's mannerisms. We are blessed to see Kellie in other members of our family and that will keep Kellie's life alive in our family.”

On July 4, 1984, Kellie, 24, was hit by a drunk driver while riding bikes with her husband Orville and their 14 month-old son Christopher, who was in a carrier on the back of Orville's bike.

The family spent the day enjoying one another's company at a local park in Jacksonville, Illinois. They stopped their bikes alongside a secondary street in South Jacksonville to tuck a blanket Christopher was carrying onto his seat belt. Kellie was concerned it might get caught in the spokes of the bike. As they stood alongside of the city street, they were unaware that an intoxicated driver abruptly turned the corner. The driver hit Kellie and continued to drive down the road, not realizing he struck Kellie with his vehicle.

Kellie died instantly. Orville and Christopher were not injured, and the drunk driver spent seven months in prison for reckless homicide.

Although it has been 32 years since the crash, the Murphy family will always associate July 4th with the day Kellie lost her life because someone chose to drink and drive.



Quiz: Where is drunk driving not a crime the 1st time?


QUIZ: How BIG of a problem is drunk driving?


Voices of Victims: Nicole Swigert Moats

Nicole died right after graduation.

"It was the worst Father’s Day present my husband has ever received. Father’s day has never and will never be the same again," said Nicole's mother, Teresa Moats.

These are words from Theresa Moats when asked how the crash that occurred on Father’s Day, June 15, 2008 in Licking County, Ohio changed their lives.

Nicole Swigert Moats, 18, was headed home with four friends from the local movie theater. This particular movie theater was a popular hangout spot, so it was not unusual for Nicole and her friends to go to the movies often.

It was a little after midnight when the drunk driver crashed into the vehicle driven by Nicole’s friend. Nicole and two of her friends were killed and the other passenger sustained serious injuries. The offender was 2X's the legal limit and sentenced to 10 years for three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault.

Mr. and Mrs. Moats always taught their children about drinking and driving. In fact, in 7th grade Nicole completed a project that focused on the 10 important things in life. Number three was “don’t drink and drive.”

Mr. and Mrs. Moats appreciate the support MADD has given them and the mission to eliminate drunk driving.

“Nicole had a contagious personality, was a really good kid and never got into any trouble, worked two jobs in high school, and wanted to be a veterinarian once she completed college, “ said Teresa Moats when asked to describe how she remembers Nicole.  “I am against drinking and driving, always have been and always will be.”


Poll: How will we end drunk driving?

We want to hear from you!


Protect Against the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

Sunshine. No school. BBQs and swimsuits.

With Memorial Day behind us, summer is officially here – and with it the “100 deadliest days” of the summer driving season, according to AAA, the automobile research and educational group.

In the past five years, based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 1,022 people – or about 10 per day – died during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The summer is especially dangerous for teen drivers between the ages of 16 to 19, as more of them are driving. The average number of deaths climbs 16% over other times of the year, AAA shared in a CNN article.

What creates this spike in drunk driving, a 100% preventable crime?

Well, for one, more people are on the road. Think road trips and family vacations. Additionally, at least this year, low gasoline prices make it possible for more people to hit the road than in recent years.

Finally, the 100 days includes popular drinking holidays like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

Remember, if your summer includes alcohol, plan ahead. Designate a non-drinking driver, call a taxi or Uber, or take public transportation.

If you’d like to share the gift of a safe ride home, here is a designated driver coupon you can share with your loved ones to let them know you will get them home safely.


POLL: What's the best part of serving as a designated driver?


MADD helping more victims than ever!

The MADD 24-hour Victim Help Line is making a difference in more victim's lives than ever before. The number of victims served through the help line increased by 21% in 2015.

Overall, MADD provides a service to a victim every three minutes. And since MADD’s founding, more than 820,000 victims have received assistance navigating through the legal system, referrals to critical and local resources, and connections to victims experiencing the same grief at no cost.

#MADDLIVE Join us to talk about our 24/7 Victim Help Line

Posted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on Thursday, June 2, 2016

“The Help Line has been a lifeline for victims and survivors who don’t know who else to turn to,” said MADD National Manager of Victim Services Heather Estudillo. “Sometimes victims need a safe place to talk about what they are going through or to find out what options they have now.”

Even though we wish we weren’t needed, MADD is proud to be here until we aren't, such as was the case with one repeat caller.

“She always calls in the middle of the night, and I’ve spoken with her many times,” Heather said. “But each time I talk to her, I can hear her progress in her own healing journey. She calls less often now, because she is doing better and doesn’t need us is the same way as she did before.” "We will always be here for victims and survivors like her."

We'd like to say thank you to all the MADD staff members and volunteers who keep the Victim Help Line running, as well as the members and donors who make the service possible every day.

Please share the Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP (877-623-3435) with any victims of drugged or drunk driving you know. We are here to help.


Tour the MADD national office

National tour of MADD branding with graphic designer.

Posted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on Wednesday, April 27, 2016


7 Phrases NOT to Say to Drunk and Drugged Driving Victims

Drunk driving crashes recklessly into a life, senselessly and selfishly destroying families and breaking hearts before continuing down the road to dispense more tragedy. This crime kills about 10,000 and injures around 290,000 people a year, leaving hundreds of thousands to pick themselves up and continue carrying on despite the overwhelming loss.

When someone loses a loved one to drunk or drugged driving or is injured in a crash, many people feel a common urge to offer comfort, but some words hurt more than others. Here are the top seven phrases NOT to say to a drunk or drugged driving victim.

1. They are in a better place. Although usually well-meaning, these words may resonate badly with someone who has lost a loved one in a drunk or drugged driving crash as they would rather have their loved one here with them.

2. It was just an accident. Accidents are something unforeseeable and unexpected. When someone chooses to drink and drive – that's not an accident. It’s a crash waiting to happen. Drunk and drugged driving crashes are 100% preventable.

3. Texting/speeding/any other distracted driving is just as bad as drunk driving. No doubt, other dangerous habits kill and injure people on our roads, such as speeding and distracted driving. But those two categories combined don't equal the number of deaths, not to mention injuries and property damage, caused by drunk and drugged driving. Comparing it diminishes the problem.

4. Saying nothing at all. After a drunk driving crash, friends can sometimes avoid saying the loved one's name or just simply not know what to say, so they keep their distance. But drunk or drugged driving victims want and need that support and permission to talk about their loss. Be a friend that will listen and stay close, even if you are uncomfortable. Follow the victim's cue. If they want to talk about their loss, just listen. If they don't want to talk, just be there for them.

5. You’re lucky to be alive.  Drunk driving victims and survivors might not feel lucky at all. They may feel traumatized, lost, and raw with emotions. Such statements may actually do the opposite of what you intend and hurt the person you are trying to comfort.

6. You need to forgive. Every victim feels differently about the crash and about forgiveness.  Some feel like they will never be able to forgive the person who caused the crash, others feel like it's very important for them to do so.  There is no right answer, so don't push people to do something they may not be able or ready to do.

7. Aren’t you over it already? There is no closure  following a drunk or drugged driving crash.  When someone is injured or killed they don't just “get over it”.  Crashes affect people in different ways throughout their lives, and they will likely never go back to where they were before the crash happened.

If you or someone you know is dealing with the devastation caused by a drunk or drugged driving crash, don't hesitate to call our 24/7 Victim Help Line at 1-877-MADD-HELP. Then, you will be connected with a victim advocate, who can help you navigate the courts, locate local resources, and connect with people experiencing a similar grief. Additionally, we have online chat available on our website during normal business hours.

Discover more about victim services today.


A message to the graduating Class of 2016

Dear Graduating Class of 2016:

Our son, Bryce Kennedy died in a tragic car crash on October 1, 2006. He was only 19. He was a young man full of hopes and dreams. With aspirations of finishing college, starting a family with the love of his life and living a full happy life.

The night before Bryce died we spoke to Bryce about hopes and his dreams. We reminded him that life is short and that we have to be careful with the choices that we make. And as Bryce usually did he said, “Mom relax, nothing is going to happen to me.”

On the night that Bryce died, he had gone out with friends. He made the choice to get into the vehicle with someone who had been drinking. I remember the phone ringing late in the night. It was one of Bryce’s friends saying that he had been in an accident and that he was at the hospital. My immediate thought is it couldn’t be that bad, the hospital had not called. But Bryce had not called either.

I immediately called the emergency room at the hospital, as a former employee I talked to a former co-worker who stated you need to come on and please be careful. As we got up and started dressing I recall calling our parents to let them know where we were headed, not knowing what was going on. I recall waking our daughter and telling her and the blood curdling scream that she let out, it will be forever etched in my mind. Your entire body starts to shake the uncontrollable shake as your imagination starts to wander with unthinkable thoughts and your heart races. The drive to the hospital was eerily quiet and as we flew down the freeway to get to the hospital. On the way we passed a scene with police, fire crews and ambulances. Big lights all around the crash scene. We just kept going knowing that our son was at the hospital only to find out later that we were passing the scene where it all started.

They took us straight in to see Bryce. There he was intubated with a nurse squeezing a bag for every breath he took. One nurse holding pressure on his head because of the severe open head trauma that he had. IV’s everywhere with fluids and blood hanging. This could not possibly be our son, the son who the night before said, “Mom relax, nothing is going to happen to me.” But it was him. Doctors, nurses and trauma surgeons all around us telling us there was nothing more to be done, the facts were that it was getting harder and harder to get a breath in and that his brain injury was severe but he was probably not in any pain. We were left with one of the hardest decision as parents, really as a human that we have ever made. With our numb bodies, feeling empty and completely alone, we made the decision to take Bryce off of life support and let him go. It has to be the single worst feeling that we have ever experienced in our lives.

We share our story because Bryce could be any of you, if you choose to drink or if you choose to get into the car with someone who has been drinking. We talk about choices because you make that choice, nobody else. Remember the choices that you make not only affect you they affect those around you.

Bryce is forever 19. The impact that Bryce has on other’s lives is not how he wanted to make an impact. Bryce had dreams, dreams that will always be just that, dreams. You, you have the opportunity to carry out your dreams, you have the chance to choose the perfect path, make good decisions, choose not to participate in underage drinking or impaired driving. If you take the time for just a brief moment to think about the choice that Bryce made that night and how Bryce’s family and friends feel about Bryce’s death on a daily basis, then you could understand what underage drinking and impaired driving can cost you and your family. Please stay safe.

The Kennedy Family
www.BryceKennedymemorial.org

Bryce graduated from Cooper High School in 2005. He had been attending Weatherford Junior College. He would turn 29 this year. Bryce loved his family and friends, sports, the great outdoors and The Lord. His friends have all graduated from college, married and started families now. We are the grieving parents that never attended college graduation, that never attended that wedding or meet those amazing grandchildren that could have been. We are the sister who will always mourn the death of the big brother that was always looked up to. For us this is reality, reality of how underage drinking and impaired driving changed our lives, forever.

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UPDATE: Affluenza teen and Dylan Meyer

Affluenza teen Ethan Couch doesn’t appear to be leaving jail anytime soon.


A Tarrant County judge sentenced him to 720 days – 180 days for each of the four people killed – as part of his adult probation, but also told the defense team they could argue for a small time period.

MADD snapped into action, writing an open letter to the judge asking him to stick to his original sentence, which, while not enough for the four lives lost and the people who were injured, at least included some jail time. Quickly, more than 2,000 people signed their agreement at www.madd.org/720NotEnough.
Less than 10 hours after sharing the letter, the judge reaffirmed the adult probation terms.

In mid-May, Couch, who has been in solitary confinement since moving to the adult jail system, was moved to a slightly-less confining jail.



Missouri drunk driving offender’s hearing pushed back

Less well-known than Ethan Couch but no less infuriating is the case of Missouri-resident Dylan Meyer, who killed a Springfield woman while drinking underage and then driving. He received five years’ probation, but he was scheduled to head back to court after allegedly violating probation 11 times in two months.

Again, MADD rallied support to draw attention to the REAL victims by asking supporters to add their voice with ours. We asked 5,233 people to sign their name to represent the 5,233 alcohol-related crashes that occurred in Missouri last year. Currently, we are at roughly 1,500.

The hearing was pushed back until June 14th from May 12th. We still need your support! Join us in support of the REAL victim and her family, who must live with the loss of a loved one.

Sign today to ask that Dylan Meyer have his probation revoked.


National Police Week: Corporal Jeremy Potocki

Today, we continue to celebrate National Police Week by highlighting Corporal Jeremy Potocki.

“My dad was caught by angels that day” said Corporal Potocki’s son after a near-death crash almost took the boy’s father.

Normally, towards the end of May, Corporal Potocki and his wife would plan to celebrate their wedding anniversary. However, on May 25, 2014, he stopped a vehicle that was driving 38 miles over the speed limit. As he approached the car, he smelled alcohol from inside of the vehicle. When asked, the driver and passenger informed Corporal Potocki they had been drinking the night before. He asked the driver to exit his vehicle, and, in order to ensure safety, Corporal Potocki asked the driver to move to the right side of his patrol car to avoid being hit by oncoming traffic.

Seconds later, a drunk driver crashed into Corporal Potocki’s patrol vehicle.

Witnesses indicated the drunk driver had been driving on the shoulder for about 1/10 of a mile. When the rear of the patrol vehicle was struck, the front right fender struck Corporal Potocki’s right hip, and he was thrown over the hood of the vehicle. He landed in a ditch about 20 feet away. The drunk driver’s BAC was 0.26, well over the .08% federally-mandated limit. The offender was convicted and sentenced to two years in jail for injuring the passenger in the vehicle and five years of probation for injuring Corporal Potocki.

Corporal Potocki says that the crash changed his and his family’s lives forever. He suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, fractured L5 vertebrae and C4 vertebrae, and was told by physicians that he could not return back to being a state trooper. Being a trooper was a dream he had worked for since high school. Recovery was extremely difficult, the medication he was given had side effects that impacted his entire family. His healing process is still ongoing.

In a split second, the drunk driver changed his life, and he may not be able to return to the work he loved. Since volunteering with MADD, he has become involved in Victim Impact Panels, which he says has been therapeutic and provides an opportunity to share his story. Corporal Potocki is thankful for his family and their dedication. They are what keep him going every single day.

Today, we honor Corporal Jeremy Potocki for his service as an officer upholding the law and working to keep the public safe.

Do you know a police officer or department we should recognize as part of National Police Week? Connect with us via Facebook or Twitter, where we are sharing our thanks with these heroes.


Chris Jacobs accepts Walk Like MADD challenge

Velocity's Chris Jacobs is lacing up his walking shoes for Houston Walk Like MADD.

MADD Southeast Texas wants Chris to have the largest team at this Saturday's fundraiser. Chris has created Team #OverhaulinMADD, so sign up to walk and join his team by registering at madd.org/overhaulinMADD. Chris will walk, chat, and visit with his team. Just imagine your selfie with Chris!

As of now, the largest team has 43 people. Does he think he can hit his goal?

"Absolutely," said Chris. "We are up to the challenge. Join Team #OverhaulinMADD."

The event is Saturday, May 21st at Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land, Texas from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Victims, survivors and supporters will line up for this non-competitive 5K run/walk to remember lost loved ones, inspire change and commit to a nation with No More Victims®.

"I'm proud to walk with my colleagues at Velocity to support a cause that benefits everyone," said Chris. "There is an easy solution to ending drunk driving just don't do it!"

This walk is especially important because Texas led the nation in drunk driving fatalities in 2014 with 1,446 tragic and preventable deaths. Harris County had the highest number of drunk driving fatalities with 203.

"The best motivation for staying safe is to consider the consequences...It's not just your own safety you're putting at risk. It's everyone's safety," said Chris.

He added that when he does celebrate with alcohol, it is typically near his neighborhood. "I stay close to home a lot, so walking is my favorite alternative to get home after a drink. Beyond that, Uber is always the choice for me. It's easy and much cheaper than making a bad decision."

Funds raised through Walk Like MADD help further MADD’s lifesaving mission in the Houston area by supporting its Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, which calls for high-visibility law enforcement, ignition interlocks or “in-car breathalyzers” for all convicted drunk drivers and support for the development of advanced technology. Jacobs also serves as a national spokesperson for Velocity’s “Drive Smart,” an advocacy campaign created by Velocity with the help of MADD to encourage and raise awareness for safe driving practices on America’s roadways. Velocity is also the national media sponsor for Walk Like MADD.

"As part of Velocity’s Drive Smart program, I’m honored to walk alongside so many who want to support MADD’s efforts to end drunk driving. I encourage everyone in the Houston community to come join all of us on May 21,” said Chris.

Don't miss out on this great event! Join Chris Saturday for Houston Walk Like MADD.



National Police Week: Officer Scott Armstrong

As part of our recognition of National Police Week, we'd like to highlight a fallen hero.

Scott grew up dreaming of serving as a police officer.

At the age of 14, he joined the Police Explorer Post with the Bridgeton Police Department. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Oak Harbor Washington. Then, he went through the police academy in Washington and started working as a police officer. Scott wanted to move back home to be closer to family and friends and, he, eventually, became a police officer in Missouri. 

He was a very easygoing guy and quite the prankster. You would never see him without a smile. He spent his free time just hanging out with family and friends, and he was the happiest when he was jet skiing at the Lake of the Ozarks. When Scott wasn’t on his jet ski, you could find him running, working out, or watching WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). The sparkle in Scott’s eye was his son, Tyler. Tyler was 8 years old when Scott was killed.

Officer Scott Armstrong was on a routine patrol in early morning hours of January 12, 2005. Calls were coming into 911dispatch about a wrong-way driver. The dispatcher was trying to provide the information to Officer Armstrong over the police radio, but he was unable to respond. The driver had already hit him. The drunk driver, traveling in the wrong direction, collided with his patrol car. Officer Armstrong died at the scene.

Today, we honor Officer Scott Armstrong for his service as an officer upholding the law and working to keep the public safe.

Do you know a police officer or department we should recognize as part of National Police Week? Connect with us via Facebook or Twitter, where we are sharing our thanks with these heroes.


Honoring the 67 victims of the deadliest drunk driving crash in US history

On May 14, 1988, a school bus carrying 67 people, nearly all of them children, was returning to Radcliff, Ky. from a church youth group field trip to an amusement park. While they were driving through Carroll County, Ky., a drunk driver driving on the wrong side of the road crashed into the bus head-on, killing 24 children, the bus driver and two adult chaperones, and injuring 34 others.

As a part of the crash anniversary, MADD is partnering with the filmmakers behind a feature documentary film, IMPACT: AFTER THE CRASH, which tells some of the powerful stories of loss and healing through interviews with many of the crash survivors and victims’ family members. As part of our recognition of the victims - both those that died and the survivors - MADD is proud to offer an exclusive, one-day ONLY viewing of the movie. MADD viewers can watch the movie from 10 a.m. - when the bus roughly left the church, headed for the amusement park - until 10:55 p.m. - about the time of the crash. Enter promo code "MADD" to watch the film here. The documentary can be accessed through Vimeo.com or Apple TV.

Additionally, we are dedicating our Twitter feed to the victims of the crash Saturday. Every 23 minutes, we will tweet out one victim name. We do this as a way of saying, "You are not forgotten."

We shared the film's trailer during the 25th anniversary ceremony. You can watch it here.  Click here to view our memorial to those killed in the crash.