Tie One On For Safety®

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History of Tie One On For Safety

This year, we proudly celebrate the 30th anniversary of the designated driver and Tie One On For Safety®, our longest running and most visible public awareness project.

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 display a MADD red ribbon in a visible location to remind others 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 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.

How can you participate in Tie One On For Safety?

This holiday season, show your commitment to eliminating drunk driving by:

  • Putting safety before the party and always designate a non-drinking driver BEFORE the celebration begins to ensure everyone arrives home safely.
  • Display a MADD red ribbon in a visible location on your vehicles.  Red ribbons, magnets and window decals are available through local MADD affiliates.
  • Hosting parties responsibly by offering mocktails and other non-alcoholic beverages, and by providing alternate transportation or accommodations for guests who have been drinking. Get more safe party tips at madd.org/safeparty.
  • Tie One On For Safety “virtually” by sharing one of these buttons on Facebook (Just Click!)



Featured Partner

National Presenting Sponsor:

We are proud of our partnership with Nationwide Insurance, who supports our entire mission through a MADD/Nationwide affinity program, our mission of underage drinking prevention through our Power of Parents® program, and our Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® through their sponsorship of Tie One On For Safety®.