MADD Says Don't be Haunted by Drunk Driving

MADD Press Release:

Tallahassee, Florida (October 30, 2008) – This Halloween, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) asks everyone to designate a sober driver before the celebrations begin, and to never serve those under 21 alcohol.

“Drunk driving is a serious threat, but it is 100 percent preventable,” said Laura Dean-Mooney, national president of MADD. “By planning ahead and making it clear to family and friends that the safest choice is to never drive after drinking, more lives could be saved and injuries prevented this holiday and every day of the year.”

In the spirit of designating a sober driver, Home Safe Card supports safer communities and MADD’s mission through its Home Safe Card. This prepaid card can be used to pay any transportation service that accepts Discover® Network Cards. Each time a MADD-affiliated Home Safe Card is sold, a portion of the proceeds are donated to MADD. The Home Safe Card will soon be available nationwide in $25, $50, $75 and $100 denominations. Please visit www.homesafecard.com for details.

This Halloween, MADD has these tips to help ensure everyone’s safety:
• designate a sober driver before celebrations begin
• never serve those under the age of 21 alcohol
• plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests and not serving alcohol the last hour of the party

“We want everyone to enjoy the Halloween festivities but we also want everyone to get home safely,” said Michelle Dawson, MADD Leon County coordinator. “It’s as simple as planning ahead. We don’t want this Halloween to become a nightmare for any family.”

Recent National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) data showed that 1840 youth aged 20 and under were killed in crashes involving a driver at or above the illegal limit of .08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) in 2007. Children who find themselves with an adult who is driving drunk should always buckle up, sit in the middle of the backseat of the vehicle, place their belongings on the floor, not distract the driver and let a trusted adult know what happened as soon as they arrive home or at their destination.


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