The scariest part of Halloween isn’t the spooky costumes and haunted houses. It’s the fact that far too often people don’t plan ahead for a safe way home before drinking alcohol.
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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 acheives its lifesaving mission!
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Each year, MADD VA hosts the annual Law Enforcement Awards in regional locations across our state. These Awards are our way of saying “thank you,” for all our law enforcement does to eliminate drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking. We ask agencies to nominate officers based on criteria including:
- making the most drunk and drugged driving arrests
-developing and implementing DUI sobriety checkpoints
-conducting education and training programs
-receiving specialized training in DUI and underage drinking law enforcemen
On Thursday, September 11, 2014, MADD VA hosted the Harrisonburg Area Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony, honoring 22 law enforcement officials from the region.
Check it out in the video via the photo link below!
2013 Alcohol-Related Facts
- 253 persons were killed in alcohol-related crashes, a 10.48 percent increase from 2012*
- 5,288 persons were injured in alcohol-related crashes, a 9.78 percent decrease from 2012
- 399 teenagers, aged 15-19, were injured in alcohol-related crashes, 0.61 percent of the total (65,114) traffic injuries
- 10 teenagers, aged 15-19, were killed in alcohol-related crashes, 1.35 percent of the total (741) traffic fatalities
- The average BAC of tested drinking drivers was 0.1397
- 20,973 people were tested with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater, a(n) 6.91 percent decrease from 2012
- 27,333 persons were convicted of DUI, a 4.83 percent decrease from 2012
- Of those convicted of DUI, 74.19 percent were male and 22.74 percent were female
*Alcohol-related crash: Crash where a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian is listed on the police report as drinking before the crash.
**Alcohol-related fatality: Person who dies within 30 days as a result of a traffic crash involving alcohol.
Source: VA DMV