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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.


Other Ways to Support MADD this Holiday Season
By | December 17, 2014 | Filed in: General

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We are very fortunate to have such wonderful supporters who choose to give so generously, especially during the holidays when drunk driving is even more prevalent. While monetary donations are incredibly important and very much appreciated, there are other ways you can get involved and help MADD this holiday season:

Donate your Vehicle

How can you save lives with an unwanted car?  By donating it to MADD! Better yet, you can get a tax deduction at the same time. It’s a win-win!

Donating is easy. We accept all types of vehicles in any condition — from cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, ATVs, as well as boats. Even a vehicle that isn’t running can be sold for parts and contribute hundreds of dollars to support MADD’s mission. Learn more at www.carsformadd.org.

Include MADD in your Will

To make a charitable bequest to MADD, you need a current will or revocable living trust. Your gift can be made as a percentage of your estate, or you can make a specific bequest by giving a certain amount of cash, securities or property. After your lifetime, Mothers Against Drunk Driving receives your gift. Click here to learn more about planned giving.

Walk Like MADD®

Walk Like MADD is your chance to do something about drunk driving in your community. You can help MADD eliminate drunk driving by signing up for a Walk Like MADD event near you as a walker, team captain, or volunteer, and raising funds to support MADD’s lifesaving mission. You can even be involved without attending the event by signing up as a virtual walker or making a donation to another walker or team. Find you Walk and get involved at www.walklikemadd.org.

Event Ticket Donation

Have a ticket to a sporting event, concert or other entertainment affair that you can’t use? Thanks to a partnership with tix4cause.com, an e-marketplace that sells event tickets, you can turn that ticket into a cash donation for MADD. It’s simple.  Just donate your tickets to MADD using tix4cause, and when someone purchases these tickets, 90% of the ticket sales benefits MADD. Click here to learn more.

 

Fundraise in Honor of a Loved One

MADD’s online tribute pages provide victims and survivors a way to share their story and honor a loved one impacted by drunk driving. Through your tribute page, you will also have the option to raise money for MADD’s mission in honor of yourself or your loved one. Donations to MADD do so many things, from saving lives to serving people through MADD’s victim services. Every donation makes a difference. Create your tribute at www.madd.org/tributes

Volunteer

Volunteers are the heart and soul of MADD. It is their compassion and determination that drives the organization, and it is their tireless efforts that have accomplished so much. Whether you’re interested in volunteering a couple of times a year or a couple of times a week, there’s a place for you at MADD. And we have a wide variety of opportunities to match your interests and expertise. Learn more at www.madd.org/volunteer.


Drunk Driving Deaths Continue to Top 10,000
By | December 16, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just announced that while drunk driving deaths decreased last year, they once again topped 10,000.

While we’re thankful to see this number has gone down, that still means that 10,076 families are now left with an empty chair at the dinner table this holiday season... 10,076 people’s loved ones are left with broken hearts.

We are frustrated that we aren’t saving enough lives fast enough. Every single one of these deaths is preventable, and yet the nation seems to be complacent and even accepting of the fact that one out of three traffic deaths on the roads is caused by a drunk driver.

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 could one day eliminate drunk driving completely. 

At the press conference today, MADD National President issued two national challenges out of MADD’s Campaign, both proven to effectively reduce drunk driving fatalities: sobriety checkpoints and ignition interlocks.

Click here to find out what lifesaving legislation – like ignition interlocks and sobriety checkpoints – MADD is spearheading in your state and take action.

We know that there is still much work to be done, and we won’t stop until there are no more drunk driving deaths... no more victims. I hope that you’ll stand with us until we achieve that goal.

With your help, we’re confident that we will see the end of drunk driving!

Please help raise awareness about the magnitude of tragedy drunk driving continues to cause by sharing this image with your social networks networks in honor of the 10,076 lives lost last year to this 100 percent preventable crime:

 

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The Holidays Look A Little Different Now
By | December 12, 2014 | Filed in: Victim Services , Drunk Driving

When Bryan Kranek was just 17-years-old, his life changed in an instant. He was rollerblading home from a babysitting job when a man with a BAC of .266 driving in excess of 40 mph on a residential street hit Bryan from behind. 

“In the blink of an eye, twelve days of my life became nothing but stories from other people as to what happened,” Bryan says.

Bryan was knocked unconscious instantly. Witnesses said he flew onto the truck’s hood, smashed his head in the driver’s windshield and was thrown 10-15 feet in the air, landing on a neighbor’s driveway. Bryan sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and was rushed to the emergency room where he immediately went into surgery to relieve the swelling of his brain. 

When Bryan was released from the hospital 23 days later, he had to relearn the basics, like how to walk and talk. He spent several months in speech, occupational and physical therapy to relearn all of the things people often take for granted.  Bryan was determined to work hard in his recovery.

“Honestly, I didn’t know there was any other option,” he said.

Bryan, now in his late twenties, still hasn’t fully recovered from his TBI and as a result, the holidays look a little different for him. His favorite part of the holiday season is gathering together with his family at his grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve to celebrate.  “It is a lot of fun and everyone is jovial.” But Bryan knows that because of his injury, he often gets tired quickly and can’t always keep up with everyone else throughout the day. 

He copes with the stress of the holidays and his TBI by taking a time out when he needs to.

“I hit the reset button and rejuvenate myself,” he explains.

Bryan’s advice for other injured victims is to remember the importance of self-care during the holidays, since they can be an especially difficult time. 

One thing that Bryan says helps him is making the holidays about others not himself – something that Bryan does all year round as a speaker at MADD Victim Impact Panels, running TBI support groups and working with kids with special needs. 


Reporting for Duty
By | December 9, 2014 | Filed in: Victim Services

Originally featured in the 2014 fall edition of MADDvocate®.

Corinne Ford’s 20-year-old son, Tommy, was killed in a drunk driving crash on May 29, 2011. In the months following the tragedy, she described feeling like “one soldier in a huge army alone.” After Corinne bravely started volunteering with MADD’s National Victim Services Help Line, she discovered not only her passion, but also an army of support to help her become a survivor.

Corinne has been volunteering with MADD for a year now, spending more than 20 hours a week answering calls to the Help Line.

“It’s never easy,” she says, “and it definitely reopens my wounds.” However, her commitment is unwavering. Corinne takes calls in the middle of the night and even brings her MADD phone on weekends away with her husband, so that she can be available for victims and survivors in need.
The feedback she receives from the victims at the end of a conversation makes the emotional phone calls and hours of time she gives worthwhile. She sees this opportunity to help others as her way of healing.

Corinne’s dedication has not gone unnoticed. She received the Community Champion award at MADD’s third annual “Take the Wheel” recognition luncheon in Tyler, Texas.

“My son would be so proud of me for doing this. I cannot go backward, but I can go forward and help ease someone else’s pain. I wouldn’t be able to be this strong without the support of MADD.”

Click here to learn more about becoming a MADD volunteer.


MADD National Office Gets New Look
By | December 8, 2014 | Filed in: General

Over the past several months, MADD’s national office in Irving, Texas has undergone some much needed renovations. The renovations were paid for by the building management company and donations of fixtures were made by local companies, enabling us to dedicate those dollars provided by MADD’s generous supporters to providing lifesaving, mission-critical services.

Last month, MADD hosted an open house for our National Board of Directors as well as partners in the North Texas area to reveal the transformation. The Irving Community Television Network came to the open house to see the newly remodeled space and spent time with MADD National President Jan Withers and MADD CEO Debbie Weir to talk about MADD’s work and what the future holds.

Thank you to those who helped for give our 25-year-old space a much needed refresh, and to the City of Irving for putting together this great video!

 


Light a Virtual Candle
By | December 4, 2014 | Filed in: Victim Services

Behind every drunk driving statistic is a person whose life was full of family and friends, love and life, joy and laughter. They are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Their lives touched so many and they will never be forgotten.

This holiday season, we are asking everyone to take part in our online celebration of life candlelight vigil, and light a virtual candle in honor of a loved one who was killed or injured in a drunk driving crash.

You can share their story or write them a message, and light a candle in their honor or memory. Participate in our online tribute by lighting your virtual candle now.


2014 MADD Legislative Champions
By | December 4, 2014 | Filed in: Drugged Driving , Drunk Driving

We are excited to announce the 2014 Legislative Champions. MADD recognizes 81 lawmakers for their tireless work and commitment to saving lives and advancing MADD’s mission.

Alabama
Representative Allen Farley and Senator Bill Holtzclaw authored HB 381 and SB 319 which was enacted earlier this year making Alabama the 21st state to pass an all-offender ignition interlock law. 

Connecticut
The legislature passed S 465 making major improvements to the state’s ignition interlock law. This new law is due to the leadership of: Representative Al Adinolfi, Senator Dante Bartomeleo, Senator Eric Coleman, Senator Leonard Fasano, Representative Daniel Fox, Representative Gerald Fox III, Representative Themis Klarides, Senator Gayle Slossberg, Senator Martin Looney, Representative Richard Smith and Representative Lezlye Zupkus.

Thanks to S 465, more than 6,500 first-time drunk drivers will now be required to install ignition interlock devices. The leadership of Senator Eric Coleman and Representative Gerry Fox and co-chairs of the Judiciary Committee Representatives Dan Fox and Fred Smith was instrumental in the passage of this legislation.

Colorado
Colorado lawmakers worked on a variety of drunk driving reform legislation. Sen. Mike Johnston authored SB 213 adding extra penalties in hit and run crashes and HB 1036 creating a DUI felony law for repeat offenders. Representatives Mark Waller and Rep. Lori Saine also authored DUI felony law legislation HB 1036. Representative Kathleen Conti authored the hit run legislation SB 213.

Representative Polly Lawrence authored HB 1158 creating minimum sentences in Vehicular Homicide and Assaults. Representative Bob Gardner served as a co-chair of the Victims Rights caucus. Representative Rhonda Fields also served as co-chair of this caucus and authored HB 1148 improving the Victims' Rights Act and hit & run legislation SB 213. 

Senator Cheri Jahn authored HB 1148 improving the Victims’ Right Act. Representative Dave Young authored legislation HB 1321 expanding the duties of the Interagency Task Force on Impaired Driving. Representative KC Becker opposed HB 1132 which would have created different bar closing times in municipalities throughout the state as opposed to one uniform closing time. 

Delaware
Senate Majority Leader David McBride, Representative Helene Keeley and Representative Stephen Smyk authored HB 212 which made Delaware the 24th state to enact an all-offender ignition interlock law.  Passage of this type of law is MADD’s highest state legislative priority.

Florida
Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Representatives Bryan Nelson and Representative Irv Slosberg led efforts to enact the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act which creates extra penalties for hit and run drivers. The law is named after a bicyclist who was killed in 2012 in a hit and run crash by a driver who later admitted to consuming alcohol. The law requires the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash that results in serious bodily injury to a person to immediately stop the vehicle and remain at the scene of the crash and provides extra penalties in hit and run crashes. 

Indiana
Lawmakers enacted legislation, HB 1279, to require interlocks for repeat offenders and allow judges to order the devices for first-time offenders. Representative Cindy Kirchhofer authored HB 1344 which was incorporated in the amended version of HB 1279, which also establishes a statewide regulatory framework for ignition interlocks. HB 1279 provides the structure and context for future improvements to Indiana’s ignition interlock program.

Senator Pete Miller authored a social host bill SB 28 expanding penalties for those who provide alcohol those under the legal drinking age of 21. This legislation is critical to help protect Indiana’s young people. 

Iowa
House Judiciary Chairman Chip Baltimore led efforts on ignition interlock legislation in 2014 in the House with HF 571 and HF 2429. In the Senate, Senator Chris Brase led efforts on interlock legislation along with Senator Brian Schoenjahn who authored all-offender interlock bills SF 2103 and 2299. Although, the House and Senate passed separate all-offender interlock measures, none passed the full legislature.  MADD hopes lawmakers take action in 2015 on this lifesaving legislation. 

Senator Schoenjahn also authored social host bill SF 2310 which was enacted expanding penalties for those who provide alcohol to those under the legal drinking age of 21.

Kansas
In 2011, Kansas lawmakers enacted an all-offender interlock law, but the law had a sunset (or end) date of 2015. Under the leadership of Representative John Rubin and Senator Jeff King, lawmakers enacted legislation HB 2427 making the Kansas all-offender interlock law permanent. Since the law went into effect in 2011, drunk driving deaths in the state have dropped by 30 percent.

Kentucky 
Representative Dennis Keene authored HB 61 which would have required ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. MADD will work again with Representative Keene in 2015 to advance this legislation. Representative Julie Raque Adams authored HB 347 eliminating the option of judges granting “shock probation” for offenders convicted of killing in a DUI crash. Shock probation allows judges to reduce sentences of convicted drunk drivers who cause the deaths of victims. Kentucky is one of only six states that allows for the practice of shock probation.

Louisiana
Senator Jonathan Perry authored SB 277 improving the state’s drunk driving law. Representative Sherman Mack authored HB 364 extends the look back period from five years to ten years. 

Maine
Representative Tim Marks authored LD 1760, which became law, closing loopholes in the state’s drunk driving law. The new law extends the look back period for repeat offenders who may have a previous DUI felony on their record. The new law allows prosecutors to look back further than ten years on a record, which was the previous law. Now, prosecutors can look back further than ten years to see if the offender had previous DUI felonies on their record.

Maryland
Delegate Sam Arora authored HB 1015 requiring the use of ignition interlocks for DUI offenders who drive drunk with a child passenger in a vehicle. HB 1015 passed the general assembly and was signed into law this year. 

Mississippi
Leadership from Speaker Philip Gunn, Senator Hopson and Representatives Andy Gipson and Kevin Horan proved to be instrumental in the passage of HB 412 making Mississippi the 22nd state to enact an all-offender ignition interlock law.

New Hampshire
Representative Stephen Shurtleff authored HB 496, which was passed by lawmakers making New Hampshire the 23rd state to enact an all-offender ignition interlock law.

New Jersey
Senator Nicholas Scutari authored legislation S 385 and Assemblywoman Linda Stender authored A 1368, which requires ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. Both bills are pending a Senate floor vote in December.

New York
Senator John DeFrancisco and Assemblyman Samuel Roberts authored Vince’s Law (S 7108/A 8021A). This legislation, which became law in November, extends the look back period to 15 years so third-time offenders can be charged with a felony punishable up to seven years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. The bill is named for 82-year-old Vincent Russo who was on his way to Sunday morning mass when he struck head-on by a drunk driver and later died from his injuries. It was later discovered that the driver's BAC was four times the legal level, and that he was free awaiting sentencing for a fifth DWI violation.

Oregon
Representative Kim Thatcher, Representative Jeff Barker, Representative Jim Thompson and Senator Rod Monroe helped protect Oregon’s ignition interlock law by helping to defeat HB 4026 which, if enacted, would weaken the lifesaving ignition interlock law.


MADD National President Jan Withers, Representative Kim Thatcher,
and MADD President Elect Colleen Sheehey Church

Pennsylvania
Senator John Rafferty authored multiple drunk driving reform bills  including Liam’s Law (SB 1381) named after 24-year-old Liam Crowley who was killed by a seven time convicted drunk driver. The offender only was sentenced to three years—the same amount of time an offender with no previous convictions would face if he or she killed someone in a crash. This proposal allows for longer sentences for repeat offenders who cause a fatal drunk driving crash.  

Senator Rafferty also authored SB 1239, which passed the legislature and was signed into law, fixing two loopholes created by Supreme Court decisions in Pennsylvania. SB 1239 fixed the 2009 Haag v. Commonwealth decision which created a loophole where a drunk driver arrested multiple times prior to conviction and have each offense count as a first conviction as opposed to multiple convictions. This loophole allows repeat offenders to fall through the cracks. SB 1239 also corrects an error from Commonwealth v. Masau, which limits the punishment for repeat offenders who refuse a chemical test.  The decision limits the punishment to a maximum of six months which is less than the current punishments who submit to a chemical test. SB 1289 would reestablish the penalty for a second time refusal as a misdemeanor in the first degree with a maximum of five years of incarceration.  

Finally, Senator Rafferty authored SB 1036 requiring ignition interlocks for all repeat and first-time offenders with a blood alcohol concentration of .10 or greater. Late in the 2014 session, SB 1036 was amended onto HB 1357 and passed the Senate unanimously.

Representative David Hickernell authored HB 1769 creating mandatory server training for any person who serves alcohol. The legislation was introduced after Morgan Elizabeth Long, the daughter Morgan of Susan Menges, was killed by a drunk driver

Rhode Island
In 2014, Rhode Island enacted a law requiring interlocks for all repeat and first-time offenders with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or greater.  This new law in thanks to the leadership of: Senator V. Susan Sosnowski, Representative Gregg Amore, Representative Michael J. Marcello, Representative Raymond E. Gallison, Jr., Senator Michael J. McCaffrey,  Representative Cale Keable, Senator M. Theresa Paiva Weed, Senator Maryellen Goodwin, Senator Stephen R. Archambault, Representative Nicholas A. Mattiello and Representative J. Patrick O’Neill.

South Carolina
Emma’s Law (S 137) requires ignition interlocks for all repeat and first-time offenders with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or greater. Emma’s Law was authored by Senator Joel Lourie and helped pass the legislature thanks to the leadership of: Representatives L. Kit Spires, Rick Quinn and Eddie Tallon, Todd Atwater, David Weeks, Ralph Kennedy, and James Smith and Senators Larry Martin, Senator Mike Fair, Senator Ronnie Cromer, and Senator Brad Hutto. The law is named after six-year-old Emma Longstreet who was killed by a drunk driver on New Year’s Day in 2012. 

West Virginia
Senator Robert Beach authored SB 434 improving the state’s all-offender interlock law allowing offenders to immediately go an interlock following a DUI. 

Thank you to all of those who help our mission become a reality. And a special thanks to these legislators who make it their job to keep our nation’s roads safe.


National Impaired Driving Prevention Month 2014
By | December 3, 2014 | Filed in: Drugged Driving , Drunk Driving

The month of December is one of the busiest on the nation’s roadways, and also one of the most dangerous. With the holidays coming up, there will be an increase in social events that involve alcohol, and data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that this results in an increase in DUIs and fatal drunk-driving crashes around the holidays.

During December 2012, 830 people lost their lives in crashes involving a drunk driver.

That’s why December has been designated National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. In issuing his proclamation, President Obama urges every American to “dedicate ourselves to driving safely and responsibly, and to promoting these behaviors among our family and friends.” Click here to read the proclamation.

No one thinks that their holiday celebration will end in tragedy. But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is too often the case.

MADD has these tips to help ensure everyone’s safety this holiday season:

  • Make sure to always plan ahead for a safe way home, especially if your plans involve alcohol. Even one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash—it’s just not worth it. If you’ve been drinking use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
  • If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Your actions may save someone’s life. Click here to review our tips on how to prevent someone from driving drunk.
  • Just because you made the right decision to drive sober, others on the road may not have. Always buckle up, drive with caution, and don’t hesitate to call 911 to report a suspected drunk driver. It is your business. Getting drunk drivers off the roads saves lives.

And don’t forget... you can also do your part to remind others to designate a non-drinking driver by displaying one of our Tie One on for Safety ribbons. Contact your local office to find out how to get a red ribbon for your car. 


Double Your Impact on #GivingTuesday
By | December 2, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving , General

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The time has come—it’s #GivingTuesday, and our ambitious goal of eliminating the senseless crime of drunk driving begins with you

Giving Tuesday is a time to give back to the causes you care about, and to honor this tradition, we’ve partnered with Nationwide so you can make the most of your year-end gift.

Every gift will be matched by our friends at Nationwide, dollar for dollar, up to our goal of $200,000!

Your support could not come at a more important time—we can’t do this without you! When you make your year-end matching gift, you will help continue our legacy by funding projects like:

  • Passing offender ignition interlock laws in every state possible
  • Supporting the first DADSS test vehicle that can’t be driven drunk, launching next year and bringing awareness to drunk driving
  • Increasing our capacity to help victims and their families heal from the horrible crime of drunk driving

Please double your impact with a gift to MADD this holiday season—your support will save lives in 2015.


Ursino Reflects on His Term on MADD's Board of Directors
By | December 2, 2014 | Filed in: General

Originally featured on the AAMVA blog.

On November 13 – 15, 2014, Brian Ursino, AAMVA Director of Law Enforcement, attended his final Board of Directors meeting for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at their headquarters  in Dallas, Texas. Brian served as a Director on the MADD Board for six years and was a member of many MADD subcommittees. Brian says the highlight of his six year term was chairing the MADD Strategic Planning Committee which recently developed MADD’s new 10-year strategic plan, which is being published in January 2015.  Pictured with Brian is MADD CEO, Debbie Weir. 

By Brian Ursino, Director, Law Enforcement


Thank you Brian for helping MADD save lives over for the past six years. We apprecaite your dedication and service.


Why We’re Here: Dalynaca Watrous
By | December 1, 2014 | Filed in: Victim Stories

On December 19, 2008, 11-year-old Dalynaca Watrous had friends over for a sleepover. She was excited to be on holiday break and was looking forward to Christmas.

Dalynaca’s father took her and her three friends out to look at Christmas lights. But what should have been a festive evening turned tragic when a drunk driver crossed the centerline and hit their car head on at 55 mph. Dalynaca was killed. Her father was seriously injured, spending a month in the hospital. The other three children, ages 12, 11 and 9, had broken bones and one had a nearly severed tongue.

The drunk driver was released in time for Christmas. Dalynaca’s family buried her on Christmas Eve.

Every day for three years after Dalynaca’s death, her grandmother, Gloria Polesovsky, cried. She says, “I felt like I had been gut punched. Nothing has ever hurt so much. I just wanted to fix it. I visited Dalynaca’s grave every day for two and a half years.”

Tilde Bricker, a MADD victim advocate in Ohio, provided victim services to Dalynaca’s family, helping them navigate the legal system and provide a shoulder for them to lean on during the aftermath of this tragedy.

"It's not who IS there, it's that she's NOT."

Eventually, the man who killed Dalynaca and injured her father and young friends was sentenced to 14 years in prison. But her family is left with a lifetime of grief.

“I miss her laughter, her smile, her clumsiness, and the way she would call me daddy. Not just the holidays but every day that she is not here,” said Dalynaca’s father, Dennis Wilburn.

Losing Dalynaca has stopped many of the family get-togethers they used to have. “It's not who IS there, it's that she's NOT,” Gloria says.

For the holidays, Dalyanca’s grandmother doesn’t put up outdoor decorations anymore because Dalynaca was her helper, and last year was the first Christmas since her death that they had a tree. Now, they honor Dalynaca each Christmas by decorating her grave with flowers and snowmen, and angels.

This holiday season, please keep victims like Dalynaca in mind as you celebrate with friends and loved ones. Always plan ahead with a non-drinking designated driver and remind others to do the same. And make a donation now to help MADD stop drunk driving tragedies like the one that claimed 11-year-old Dalynaca’s life. Every gift will be matched by our friends at Nationwide, dollar for dollar, up to our goal of $200,000!

 Gloria Polesovsky, Dalynaca's grandmother, with Dalynaca's photo at this year's Tie One On For Safety kick-off event in Ohio.

MADD West Texas Tree of Life Memorial Wall
By | November 28, 2014 | Filed in: Drugged Driving , Victim Services , Drunk Driving

MADD West Texas recently unveiled their new Tree of Life Memorial Wall at their office to honor victims and survivors of drunk driving:

Memorial Wall Dedication

The Memorial Wall expressed by this painting is dedicated to all victims killed and survivors injured in a drunk or drugged driving crash.

The center of the painting is tree from the roots to the branches; the tree is the MADD’s Tree of Life.  The foundation of a tree is the roots and trunk; in this painting it represents family and branches represents friends.  Each individual leaf represents the victims and survivors whose lives have been lost or changed by injury.  The different colors of the leaves signify the diverse walks of life.  The background colors; blue, green, orange and red are the season of grief, that also signifies the time of year in which a crash, death, injury occurred.

e photographs and faces of each victim or survivor are unique and they are remembered forever in our hearts and on MADD’s Tree of Life.

– Javier Luna, Artist


We're Thankful for You
By | November 26, 2014 | Filed in: General

As we join with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving and reflect on everything we are thankful for this year, we wanted to take a moment to express our thanks to YOU!

Your support of MADD’s life-saving, and life-changing programs means so much to me, and everyone here at MADD.

It is your generosity and support that enables us to create real and lasting change across the country, and for that, we are incredibly grateful. Without you, we could never do so much for so many.

From the entire MADD family, thank you for all that you do for MADD, the people you allow us to serve, and the lives that we are able to save together.

Best wishes to you and your loved ones this Thanksgiving.

If you are struggling with grief this Thanksgiving, please know MADD is here for you. Our 24/7 Help Line is available at no charge at 877.MADD.HELP (632.3435) every day of the year, including holidays.


Tie One on For Safety Designated Driver Survey
By | November 25, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

To help kick off Tie One on For Safety® MADD and Nationwide® released a new national survey where participants were asked, “Why do you volunteer to be a designated driver?” and “Why did you chose to be driven home by a designated driver?

Here are the results:

 

Help us spread the word about the importance of designating a non-drinking driver by requesting a free Tie One On For Safety ribbon and displaying it on your vehicle this holiday season.


MADD Limited Edition Tee
By | November 24, 2014 | Filed in: General

For two weeks only, represent.com will be featuring a limited edition t-shirt for MADD supporters to show their love for designated drivers. What’s even better is 100% of the profits from the sale of these shirts will support our efforts to stop this 100% preventable crime.

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Learn more about how you get this limited edition t-shirt at www.represent.com/madd.


Being There: How Caregivers Can Help Children Cope With the Loss of a Parent
By | November 20, 2014 | Filed in: MADDvocate , Victim Services , Drunk Driving

Originally featured in the 2014 fall edition of MADDvocate.


Not only did Myra Constable lose her husband, Carie, in a drunk driving crash just before Christmas in 1999, her 23-month-old son, Nicholas, lost his father. Sadly, Carie was found alone in his car the morning after the crash. An autopsy revealed that his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

Shortly after Carie’s death, Myra’s mother called the local MADD office for help, and soon Myra became a regular speaker for MADD Victim Impact Panels. Telling her story became a key component of her personal healing journey.

Also after the crash, Myra began to notice some changes in her son’s behavior. It began when people started coming by more often. Family and friends would gather, blanketing Myra and her son with embraces and tears.

“I first noticed that Nicholas was very clingy to me, especially when I would leave. Over the next couple of years he became really possessive,” Myra recalls.

“He did not want anyone else to hold him or anyone to talk to me.”

At that moment, Myra knew that she needed to help her son find his own path to emotional wellness.

Read the rest of Nicholas and Myra’s story, and how to help grieving children cope in MADDvocate.


You Make MADD's Lifesaving Work Possible
By | November 18, 2014 | Filed in: General

As Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaches, we want to take this time to acknowledge and thank some of our supporters who provide products and services that benefit MADD’s mission and our members.

Thank you:

Nationwide® for supporting MADD and our members by offering exclusive insurance discounts for MADD supporters. Each Nationwide policy purchased through this partnership helps support MADD’s efforts. Nationwide is also a presenting sponsor of Power of Parents® and Tie One On For Safety®. Learn more» Nationwide
DialAmerica for donating 12.5% of the purchase price of magazine subscriptions to support the fight against drunk driving. Learn more» 
MADD Virgin Drinks for supporting MADD by offering an alcohol-free beverage alternative for designated drivers, as well as contributing 5% of net wholesale sales from participating Walgreens locations to MADD’s lifesaving efforts. Learn more»
Impact, LLC for donating $1 for each DVD sale of the documentary IMPACT: AFTER THE CRASH, to help commemorate the lives impacted in the worst drunk driving crash in U.S. history and to help raise awareness to prevent future drunk driving tragedies.  Learn more»
The LinkFund for donating 10% of each purchase made from their MADD Mementos Collection, where people can honor their loved ones with custom made bracelets.  Learn more»
UMB Bank for supporting MADD's mission and helping to raise awareness by offering the MADD Visa® Platinum Rewards Card, and donating $50 to MADD per new account when a purchase is made with the card within 90 days of issuance. Learn more»
AmazonSmile for supporting MADD’s programs by donating 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to MADD made through smile.amazon.com. Learn more» amazonsmile.png

And most importantly, thank YOU for your continued support of MADD and our mission. Whether organizations or individuals, the investment of MADD supporters’ time and money saves lives in communities across the nation.  


World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
By | November 14, 2014 | Filed in: Drugged Driving , Victim Services , Drunk Driving

Sunday, November 16th is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, a day to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads.

In preparation for the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, we invite you to create an online tribute page for yourself or a loved one who was killed or injured in a drunk or drugged driving crash.

In the U.S. alone, 33,561 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2012, and more than 30% of those were drunk driving crashes. 

Many people think that drunk driving is a thing of the past, and that the problem is nearly solved. But you and I know that that is just not the case. More than 10,000 people are killed and hundreds of thousands are injured each year because of drunk driving, and it remains the primary threat on our roadways. But ultimately, even one person killed by this 100 percent preventable crime is one too many.

In honor of all those killed in traffic crashes, help us spread the word about the importance of designating a non-drinking driver this holiday seasonby requesting a free Tie One On For Safety® ribbon.  It lets those around you know that drunk driving is not an accident—it’s a choice that far too often ends in tragedy.


MADD National Teen Influencer Named Town of Huntington's Woman of the Year
By | November 10, 2014 | Filed in: Underage Drinking , Teen Influencer

MADD National Teen Influencer Sarah Haiken was recently named as the 2014 Woman of the Year by the Town of Huntington as part of their Thirteenth Annual Women's Networking Day and Awards Ceremony. The annual event is designated as a time to recognize and honor extraordinary women for their exemplary accomplishments and contributions benefitting the community.

Sarah received this award for her active and dedicated advocacy for MADD, including her participation in MADD’s National Teen Influencer Group for the past three years. Sarah created a program focusing on the dangers of underage drinking and getting into a car with someone who has been drinking. As part of the program, she has teens sign a pledge not to drink before their 21. The program has thrived and to date, she has had hundreds of teens sign the pledge and over 50 volunteer for the program. She also arranges for local law enforcement involvement.

Sarah is a Junior in high school, runs long distances for cross country and track. In 2011, Sarah was awarded a Woman of Achievement award from the Long Island Press and since has received numerous citations and proclamations for her work to prevent underage drinking. She also currently sits on the New York State Governor's Board for Teen Safe Driving for the second year in a row.

Congratulations, Sarah, and thank you for all you do to save lives!


Tie One On For Safety
By | November 6, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Some of the most dangerous days of the year on our nation’s roadways are between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That is why every holiday season MADD asks you to put a MADD red ribbon in a visible location on your vehicle as a reminder to always designate a non-drinking driver.

Started in 1986, Tie One On For Safety® is MADD’s longest running and most visible public awareness project. The name Tie One On For Safety comes from the phrase “tie one on,” which is slang for drinking alcohol. But at MADD we use the phrase to remind everyone that drinking and driving don’t mix.

This year, we’re giving you the opportunity to order a Tie One On For Safety ribbon online for free!  And we also have Tie One On For Safety car magnets available with a $10 minimum donation. Of course, any donation you can make will help, especially this time of year.

Ribbon Magnet

Thank you for helping us raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving this holiday season by Tying One On For Safety!


 

 

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