Every 90 seconds, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash. And as we know, first there’s the crash, then the lifelong impact. No one should try to minimize the challenge of adjusting to a new future or letting go of an old life. The reality is that many injured victims must build new lives, and often that includes a new career.
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DESOTO Victim Impact Panel Cancelled | 3-3-2014
New Orleans Chapter speaks to the city about drunk driving | 2-18-2014
New Orleans chapter members Charlsey Wolff, Linda Le, and State Executive Director Floyd Johnson were guests on the Angela Hill radio show on Monday February 17th. Charlsey and Linda shared the stories of their tragic losses of loved ones. Host Angela Hill was very grateful for their stories and shared her belief that it was a powerful message heard and received by her listening audience.
ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS | 12-6-2013
This Holiday Season, MADD - Louisiana hosted a special event for the friends of familes of those who were lost and injured by drunk drivers, paying tribute to their memories. Our "Memory Tree" was set up at the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles (Independance Blvd) and is decorated with pictures of those that have lost their lives. "The families get together it's like a reunion. It's like a club they didn't want to be in but they understand each other's grief," Valerie Cox, with MADD, said. In 2012, 241 Louisiana residents lost their lives to alcohol related / drunk driving crashes, ALL of which could be prevented! Please be safe this Holiday Season!Softly the leaves of memory fall, gently I gather and treasure them all. Unseen, unheard you are always near, so missed, so lived, so very dear. No longer in our lives to share, but in our hearts you are always there!
GET UP, STAND UP! | 11-15-2013
MADD Louisiana was honored to be a part of acknowledging the work Tennessee Titans tight-end, Delanie Walker has done with our organization. The focus of Walker’s community service is in support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving following a horrific family tragedy this past February.
Pictured above: Delanie Walker with Alice & Bryan Young
Alice and Bryan Young, Walker’s aunt and uncle, were killed by an alleged drunk driver after watching Walker play in the most recent Super Bowl as a member of the 49ers. Just a few hours earlier, Walker had hugged Alice and Bryan at the team’s postgame party. Walker became determined to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and has become a very active spokesperson for MADD.
Pictured above: MADD LA-Programs Manager Valerie Cox & Delanie Walker
Drunken Driving Campaign Begins
November 21, 2014
Terrebone Parish- State Police launched their annual Zero for December effort to stop drunken driving during the holiday season. More officers than normal will patrol during the holidays to help keep people safe, spokesman Evan Harrell said. Last year, the agency nabbed 63 alleged drunken drivers during the campaign. The sheriffs’ offices in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes will participate in the initiative, as will police in Houma and Thibodaux. At the launch that included the MADD Christmas tree lighting at Troop C headquarters in Gray, the agency honored Trooper William Powell (pictured below), who ticketed the most drunken drivers this year in the area — about 57.
Chris Heller/Staff Mothers Against Drunk Driving program coordinator Valerie Cox presents State Police trooper William Powell with an award for making the most DWI arrests over the past year Thursday at the Zero for December campaign kickoff
Chris Heller/Staff Local law-enforcement officers and Mothers Against Drunk Driving members gathered Thursday at State Police Troop C Headquarters in Gray to kick off the Zero for December campaign. Pictured are Capt. Ray Traigle of the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office, MADD member Mary Kay Tracy, Troop C Commander Capt. Darrin Naquin, MADD members Ava Fontenot and Valerie Cox, Troop C public information officer Evan Harrell, and Lt. Doug Foreman of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving member Mary Kay Tracy (left) and granddaughter Angel Ledet perform a song Thursday in memory of Angel's mother, Dominica Ledet, who was killed 16 years ago in an alcohol-related crash.
MADD WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OUR LA- LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR THEIR PRESENCE THIS HOLIDAY!
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St. Mary MADD Chapter Honors Top Cops
"Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on."
Chapter members recognized law enforcement officers from police. Sheriffs, and Louisiana State Police who arrested 167 people for DWIs in 2012-2013. Officer Briscoe, from Morgan City Police Department, (1st row, 1st on left side) had the most parish arrests at 28 during the year.
Thank you St. Mary law enforcement officers for assisting in keeping our roads safe!
MADD AT SAINTS TRAINING | October 14, 2013
(An update from the New Orleans Chapter Leadership)
Debbie Weir, CEO of MADD National, spoke to the NFL owners meeting this past spring and through her efforts, the New Orleans Saints extended the invitation to speak to the team. Debbie invited members of the New Orleans/Metairie chapter to the Saint’s practice facility on October 14, 2013 to speak to the Saints about MADD. Fred McAfee, the New Orleans Saint’s Director of Team Development and retired Saints player, met with the group, which included Debbie Weir, Brenda Sinclair, (Southeast Victim’s Advocate), Floyd Johnson, Bennett and Charlsey Wolff. Debbie Weir spoke to the team about MADD, including the mission of MADD, the urgency of spreading the message regarding designated drivers and alternate means of transportation. She also spoke about the NFL and recent events involving drunk drivers which impacted other fellow players lives. Charlsey Wolff gave a brief presentation as a mother/victim of a drunk driver who was responsible for the death of Vanessa Wolff and her friend Jessica Boumans. The thirty minute presentation was an introduction to the purpose and mission of MADD and it will hopefully open more avenues to introduce people to the MADD message. Fred McAfee lead our group on a tour of the training facility and posed with us before the Lombardi Super Bowl Championship Display.
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.