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Lori Burke

lori.burke@madd.org

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STATE SAFETY CHAMPION ANNOUNCED

  ALERT TODAY FLORIDA

 

Fort Myers, FL | September 7, 2018: Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Southwest Florida (MADD SWFL)  announced an important Walk Like MADD & 5K event Partner, Alert Today Florida.  The road safety organization will be featured at every Walk Like MADD & 5K event throughout Florida.

“Alert Today FL is working hard to create a safer environment for all road users. Unfortunately, many road users share an often fatal preference, impairment.  Partnering with MADD to prevent impaired driving, walking, and biking across the state supports our goal of zero fatalities and assists MADD in their mission of a Nation of No More Victims!” said Trenda McPherson, FDOT Safety Program Manager

MADD Southwest Florida’s Walk Like MADD presented by Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz P.A. features a one-mile walk and five-kilometer USATF certified run ending on the home plate at jetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers.  After the walk and run, the event has family and pet friendly activities as well as music and food from local celebrity chefs and restaurants.  Registration fees and other contributions directly benefit victims and survivors of drunk, drugged and substance-impaired driving crashes as well as funds MADD SWFL’s free informational programs.

“Alert Today Florida and MADD’s annual awareness and fundraising event is a valuable collaborative partnership for communities across Florida particularly in our own community of Southwest Florida because of our bike/ped injuries and fatalities,” states Lori Burke, MADD Southwest Florida Director.

Established in 2013, MADD SWFL provides free programs to over 15,000 people annually in the Southwest Florida community through its underage drinking prevention initiatives, its campaign to eliminate drunk driving, tie one on for safety campaign and DUI offender education.  In addition, the local MADD chapter supports law enforcement hosting an annual law enforcement recognition program and free DUI training benefiting over 300 local law enforcement professionals.  Most importantly, MADD SWFL supports victims and survivors of drunk, drugged and substance-impaired driving crashes; providing over 1,500 free services annually and facilitating grief and community groups as well as a tribute event.

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About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is celebrating its 35th anniversary by creating a future of NO MORE VICTIMSTM. MADD is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every ten minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. Learn more at madd.org or by calling 1-877-A