Time For A Reminder

Do you love music? Perhaps you are familiar with the timeless classic song by the Byrds called: “Turn! Turn! Turn!”?

This song teaches us there is a time and place for everything. Like a time to cry. A time to find joy. A time to sing. A time to talk. A time to drink. A time to be sober.

Maybe these aren’t the exact lyrics. But let’s consider that last part. When would be the time to drink? Well, if you choose to drink, it may be appropriate to do it within your own home, at a party or maybe at a sporting event while watching your favorite team.

What about a time to be sober then? It would definitely be a good idea to be sober while in the workplace. It would be recommended to be sober when meeting soon to be in-laws for the first time. And of course you want to be sober while driving on the road. The road can be such a safe place, but if you choose to make it a time to drink when it should be a time to be sober, that safe place can turn into a nightmare.

Let’s keep those roads safe and choose the right time to drink. Now, if you want to continue that song even more, it could say “A time to donate, a time to receive.” You can also help keep the roads safe by donating a vehicle to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). And if you share that part of your heart, it will be a time to receive good feelings. Take care and drive safe.

Simplicity Is The Best Policy

donate vehicleImagine this. You just completed a hard week at work. It was full of stress. One of your coworkers invited you to a party that weekend. This is a perfect way to release some of that stress. You get to hang out with your friends, have a good laugh and grab a drink or two. This is exactly what you need.

Now because you are responsible, you arrange for a cab to come pick you up to avoid driving while intoxicated (if you do end up drinking). So you go to the party, have the time of your life, and even watch the big game that night. Your weekend is complete. The doctor’s prescription was right on the money. Your cab gets you right on time. You get a safe trip home and don’t have to worry about driving.

This is a pretty simple situation. Think of the rewards that came of your choices. You got to party with your friends, relieve some stress and even save a life. At the very least, arranging for the ride home is saving your life. Of course it could also be saving the life of another driver as well.

It really is that simple to make a contribution in saving lives. Another simple way to contribute is to gift a vehicle to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also known as MADD. This gift can go a long way in saving a life. Please make your life simple and stress free. You deserve the best!

Simplicity Is The Best Policy

 


Driving Sober: It Begins With a Choice

drivesoberWe make choices every day. Daily decisions may not seem that significant like what to wear, where we go eat, what TV show to watch, and so forth. Other choices can determine the course of our lives. What college to attend, where to buy a home, and who to marry are all decisions that will put us on a different path.

How we choose to use alcohol is also a major decision.

There are 5 areas of brain functions that are impacted from consuming alcohol:

  1. Memory
  2. Abstract Thinking
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Attention/Concentration
  5. Emotion Perception

A brain that is affected by alcohol simply cannot think, perceive, and react appropriately or quick enough when behind the wheel. So again, it comes down to CHOICE.

With the holidays here, law enforcements are encouraging all drivers to make prudent choices pertaining to drinking and driving.

Ultimately it is up to each of us to make wise choices. This holiday season, Cars For MADD asks you to drive sober and safe. And consider donating your car to a cause that works to keep families whole – Mothers Against Drunk Driving or MADD – and help save a life in the process.

Vigilance Needed When Driving This Holiday Season

You Better Watch Out – Not Cry – Not Pout, and I’m telling you why, MADD Wants You to Stay Safe This Holiday Season

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With the upcoming excitement of the holiday season, thoughts turn to spending time with loved ones, enjoying traditions, and feeling the spirit of the season. However, it is also important to remember to keep your family safe during the holiday travel time.

The holidays are the busiest time of the year—with office parties, celebrating with friends, family get-togethers, and the excitement for the upcoming New Year. All of which should be exciting and fun for everyone. But these wonderful times frequently turn tragic when someone decides to get behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking.

Drunk driving is a choice, and it is 100 percent preventable. Too often people think, “I’ve driven a hundred times before with no problem”, or “just this once won’t hurt”. But that one decision could change the outcome for not just their life but for the lives of so many innocent families.

Please be aware of what your actions could bring. If you chose to partake in the festivities, remember to have a plan in place before you start drinking for how you will get home. Have a designated driver, take public transportation, or get a cab… It’s that simple. This one act alone could save so many lives and prevent families from the hurt and heartache drunk driving can cause.

In Minnesota, officers are patrolling even more this time of year. It isn’t because they are ticket happy, but to help keep you and your loved one safe this year. And just as Minnesota has upped patrols to keep the roadways safe, law enforcement agencies across America will be out in force December 12 through January 1, 2015—actively searching for drunk drivers as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign due to the increase in drunk driving around the holidays each year. Police will be increasing their number of patrols, setting up sobriety checkpoints, and using local media to reach all drivers.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has also organized ceremonies across the U.S. to help honor and remember those killed by drunk drivers. The Minnesota chapter held a candlelight vigil to remember those who have lost their lives due to car crashes resulting from drunk driving.

Each year, more than 10,000 people are killed and another 290,000 injured in drunk driving crashes – each one preventable.

Drinking is not a game left to chance. So many families have lost loved ones who will never be there to sit around the Thanksgiving table, open another gift under the tree, or ring in the New Year. Please don’t be a statistic, be the solution by planning ahead before your holiday festivities begin.

(Resource URL http://bringmethenews.com/2014/11/24/better-watch-out-dwi-patrols-on-the-lookout-for-holiday-partiers/)

Why We’re Here: Angie Bass and Zack Davis

August 9, 2002 was supposed to be a special day for 27-year-old Angie Bass. She was recently married and was looking forward to celebrating her honeymoon that night. On her way to drop off her son Zack at school, a drunk driver traveling at 85 miles per hour crashed into their car, leaving Angie and Zack in critical condition.  The following day, seven-year-old Zack died from his injuries.

The driver, a repeat offender with a BAC of 0.17 and also under the influence of both prescription and illicit drugs, proceeded to hit a second car before his truck came to a stop in the embankment. He was convicted of 2nd degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.  He sustained no major injuries from the crash.

Although Angie survived her injuries, she carries the burden of physical and emotional pain every day. “There is no greater loss than the loss of a loved one,” she says, “Zack was an extraordinary child.”

Zack was a loving and fearless child, and was very smart for his age. He loved to play soccer and had dreams of becoming a fireman or artist. Angie says, “He made every single day a wonderful day to treasure and had a way of making everyone around him feel special.”

After the crash, MADD provided victim services to Angie and her family, including assistance navigating the legal system, as well as court accompaniment during the trial and supportive literature that she credits for helping her learn to cope with the tragedy.

Today, Angie and many other members of Zack’s family are still a part of MADD. They attend local MADD events like victim support groups and victim tributes. Angie continues to help spread awareness of the dangers of drunk and drugged driving by sharing her personal experience. “I would share my story a million times in the hopes of saving one life the pain that my family and I endure,” she says.