Tie One On For Safety
“Drive Safe, Sober And Buckled Month and allows us to expand the crashes, and more than 2,000 are
Up” outreach and impact of TOOFS. killed in drunk driving crashes
and/or crashes where safety
During November and December, Beginning the week of Thanksgiving belts were not used.
spirits are high, celebrations abound we will host weekly press conference
and travel increases on America’s reminding drivers to drive safe, sober See more facts and statistics at www.
roadways. Unfortunately, drunk and buckled up. We will continue this madd.org.
driving is usually on the rise as well. process through New Year’s Day—
That’s why MADD highlights Tie One the period when road travel increases Tie One On For Safety Goals.
On For Safety (TOOFS), • Recruit the public to
our popular public aware- tie a MADD red ribbon
ness campaign, each year or display a red ribbon
during the winter holiday on their vehicles, home,
season. business or property as
a pledge to drive safe,
Tie One On For Safety sober and buckled up
asks drivers, businesses and to support MADD’s
and concerned citizens to Campaign to Eliminate
display a MADD red rib- Drunk Driving.
bon or window decal as a • Increase awareness
pledge to drive safe, sober about drunk driving dur-
and buckled up during the ing the holiday season
holidays and throughout the • Offer suggestions
year. Safety belts are the Volunteers in Bristol at the TOOFS Table on Family Race Day
to deter drunk driving
best defense against a drunk through MADD’s safe
driver. party tips and the promotion of
and the threat of drunk driving is most designate a sober driver pro-
In Virginia, Maryland and the District prevalent. grams.
of Columbia, we will kick off the • Each year, nationally, more • Increase MADD’s identity with
TOOFS campaign in Spanish begin- than 1,000 people typically die the MADD ribbon and its sym-
ning the first week of October. This between Thanksgiving through bolic meaning to prevent drunk
coincides with Hispanic Heritage New Year’s in drunk driving driving and help save lives.
Continued on page 3
In This Issue...
Child Endangerment............................................. Page 2
Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving ................ Page 3
School Programs .................................................. Page 4
Court Monitoring/Ignition Interlocks ................... Page 6
Chapter Contact Information ............................... Page 7
Vehicle Donations ................................................. Page 8
Child Endangerment have been restrained. (Restraint use
was unknown for another 9 percent of
• Requiring the installation
Complete article is at www.madd.org.
child passenger deaths.) As the blood of alcohol ignition interlock
Americans alcohol concentration (BAC) of the device on vehicles used by a
believe in child’s driver increased, child restraint child endangerment offender
protecting use decreased. Strong enforcement of to transport children.
children. Yet, child safety seat laws and passage of • Include a mandatory provi-
many of us primary enforcement seat belt laws in sion in every separation
don’t under- all states could further reduce child agreement and divorce decree
stand that passenger deaths. The safety benefits that prohibits either parent
driving while of stricter enforcement of restraint from drinking and driving (or
impaired with laws may be even greater for children driving under the influence
children in who are transported by drinking driv- of other drugs) with minor
the vehicle is ers because these drivers are known to children in the vehicle.
a form of child endangerment – even have higher rates of serious crashes.
abuse. Tips and Resources
During the five-year period of 1997- Protecting children from the dangers
In a 2003 study released by the Cen- 2001, 58 percent of the alcohol-related of drunk driving requires the attention
ters for Disease Control and Preven- crashes in which a child passenger and action of caregivers and the entire
tion found that between 1997 and died while riding with the drinking community. MADD has developed
2002, 2,335 children died in car crash- driver occurred during daytime or these tips to help families and agen-
es involving drinking drivers. Of those evening hours (6 a.m. to 9 p.m.). This cies that work with children:
children killed, 68 percent were riding finding adds further support for the • If you see an adult who is
in the car with a drinking driver. In need to increase high visibility en- visibly impaired attempting
recent years, this has declined slightly, forcement of child safety seat, primary to drive with a child in the
but even now, over half of all children seat belt, and DUI/DWI laws, includ- car, calmly suggest alternative
killed in alcohol-related crashes were ing the daytime hours. transportation, recommend the
riding with the drinking driver. driver postpone travel or offer
Recommendations for Improvement to drive the child. Also, call
No one should have to choose to ride MADD actively supports a number of 911 with as much informa-
with an impaired driver. Sadly, minor strategies for improving the current tion as possible, document the
children often have little choice when situation, including: situation and notify another
that driver is a parent or other trusted • Providing public awareness parent or caregiver immedi-
adult. and training on child endan- ately.
germent issues for judges, • If you’re a parent who’s deal-
MADD believes that parents or care- attorneys, law enforcement, ing with repeat violations,
givers who knowingly put a child in family service agencies/pro- child custody and visita-
the car after drinking alcohol with the fessionals, and other heath tion, ask a third party, like a
intention to drive are guilty of child and safety officials. neighbor, to witness when the
endangerment and abuse. To help • Establishing state child en- child is picked up. In addi-
protect the thousands of children who dangerment laws that apply tion, request a court-ordered
are at risk of injury or death each year, specifically to children at least alcohol and drug assessment
MADD is actively pushing for tougher 16 years of age. that will consider some of the
child endangerment laws; stricter en- • Increasing enforcement of provisions outlined above.
forcement by police and prosecutors; child passenger safety laws, • If you’re a parent or caregiver,
and training and public awareness for adopt primary seat belt laws, teach children techniques for
judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and consider a provision for keeping themselves safe. If
family service agencies and other of- adding points to driver’s li- forced to ride with an im-
ficials. cense records for violations. paired driver, children should:
• Providing for the revoca- o Sit in the middle of
Of the children who died while riding tion or suspension of drivers’ the back seat
in the same vehicle with the drinking licenses for alcohol-related o Place their belongings
driver, only 29 percent were known to child endangerment viola- on the floor.
Continued on page 5
Pledge to Eliminate Drunk Driving TOOFS (Continued from page 1)
Every year, nearly 13,000 people are killed by drunk driv- History
ers with an illegal alcohol level of .08 BAC or above. That MADD created Tie One On For Safety—originally named
means that every month more than 1,000 families must the ‘Project Red Ribbon’ campaign—in 1986 to help
live with the tragic consequences of drunk driving. Since heighten public awareness about drinking and driving
MADD was founded in 1980, alcohol-related fatalities during the holiday season. The program was designed to
have declined by more than 40 percent, but progress has encourage the public to take action against drunk driving
stalled in recent years. by tying a MADD ribbon to their vehicle’s antenna or side
That is why MADD launched a major offensive in the war
against drunk driving the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Today, MADD has incorporated Tie One On For Safety
Driving. into its broader Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.
The Campaign calls for intensive, high-visibility law
Through the four elements below, the Campaign makes the enforcement efforts, including sobriety checkpoints and
idea of eliminating one the United States’ primary health saturation patrols; advocates that all convicted drunk driv-
threats a real possibility. ers have an alcohol ignition interlock installed on their ve-
hicles; supports the research of transparent, vehicle-based
Together we can take the fight against drunk driving to a technologies that will prevent people from driving drunk;
new and unprecedented level. Join the thousands of people and mobilizes grassroots support of all of these efforts.
nationwide who have signed the Pledge.
By joining the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, I MADD has print, radio and television PSAs for the holi-
pledge full support of: day season and year-round. Encourage your local media to
• Increased DUI enforcement including twice-yearly run the PSAs to help save lives during the heavily traveled
crackdowns during major holidays and enforcement holiday season.
efforts such as sobriety checkpoints and saturation
patrols in all 50 states. National Sponsor
• Use of alcohol ignition interlock technologies to MADD thanks Maid Brigade for its commitment as a
reduce repeat offenses working towards mandatory national sponsor of Tie One on For Safety.
ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
• Exploration and development of advanced vehi- Get Involved
cle-based technology devices to detect if a driver It’s easy to help reduce drunk driving through Tie One On
has an illegal alcohol level and to prevent that driver For Safety. Here are some great ideas to start with:
from operating the vehicle. • Attach a MADD ribbon or decal in a prominent
• Public support from you and other concerned place on your own vehicle.
citizens nationwide led by MADD, its affiliates and • Always designate a non-drinking driver before
members. drinking begins.
• Provide MADD ribbons to your office or place of
Go to WWW.MADDVA.ORG to sign the pledge. Contact worship.
us at 1-800-533-6233 or firstname.lastname@example.org • Record a phone message about safe and sober driv-
if you would like more information of if you have a group ing during the holiday season.
you would like us to speak to about how we can eliminate • Set up a MADD ribbon distribution box in your of-
drunk driving in the next 20 years. fice or church.
• Display drunk driving statistics in the lobby of your
office or place of worship.
• Provide MADD ribbons for the local transit author-
• Mail MADD ribbons to community leaders.
• Pass out MADD ribbons as people leave any meet-
ing to drive home.
• Be a responsible party host during the holiday sea-
Year-Round Class Pack Resource The Zoo DVD Class Pack
The Broadband and Take Two DVD Class The Zoo DVD Class Pack is
Packs are designed for use with students in designed for classroom use
grades 7-12. When used as instructed, these with students in grades 3-5.
classroom tools will challenge students to This interactive and enter-
take a hard look at the choices they make taining prevention resource
everyday. These resources explore issues engages students in either an
tends deal with daily and include topics intimate setting or in a larger group setting. It provides
including underage drinking, teen driving safety, media students with the tools they need in order to say no to
and advertising influences, law enforcement (segment in alcohol and to notify a trusted adult if someone offers them
Broadband only), substance use, consequences, choices alcohol.
Brain Smarts and Fragile Handle
Both programs also feature poignant, tragic and true
stories of a deadly drunk driving crash. These programs
charge teens with the task of becoming more aware of MADD is pleased to offer two new
the dangers associated with driving while also informing activity books with lessons that can
them of the risks and consequences of underage drinking. be incorporated into a classroom
Each Class Pack encourages small group discussion and health or science lesson, utilized in
includes a CD-Rom with a facilitator’s guide along with an after school program, used by a
handouts for students to keep. faith-based or community organi-
zations or by high school groups or clubs that are engaged
You can learn more by calling Kirsten A. Roberts 1-800- in service learning.
Brain Smarts is an activity guide to be used with students
AlcoholEdu for High School in Grades 3-5. It is designed to raise the level of awareness
among youth about the impact of alcohol on the devel-
As you well know, alcohol and under- oping brain. By teaching elementary age children how
age drinking are significant issues in alcohol affects the brain and the rest of the body, we can
our lives and in the lives of our family lay the foundation for them to make better decisions about
and friends. For this reason, many high their own health in the future. Brain Smarts includes five
schools throughout the country are using innovative activities that help elementary students learn
AlcoholEdu for High School, an online about their brain and what factors place their brain and the
program designed to educate students rest of their body at risk. Through a series of activities the
about alcohol and its effects on the mind and body. Alco- youth will learn the role of the brain, increase their aware-
holEdu for High School aims not to preach or lecture but ness of how the brain works, explore the role of the brain
rather to empower students to make well-informed deci- in managing development, learn the role and importance
sions and better cope with the drinking behavior of their of the skull and discover the risks posed by exposing the
peers. The program’s online format provides a confiden- developing brain to alcohol.
tial, personalized experience for each student.
Fragile Handle with Care is an activity guide to be used
The following schools have utilized AlcoholEdu with their with students in Grades 6-7. These fun educational activi-
high school students: ties teach youth about the development of their own brain
• City of Virginia Beach and give them information about cuttingedge brain re-
• Mecklenburg County search. Through a series of activities students will increase
• Norfolk Academy selfawareness and awareness of the role of the human brain
in their development. They will learn how the human brain
AlcoholEdu for High School was developed in conjunction works including how information gets to and from the
with Outside the Classroom, Inc. To learn more contact brain and how messages travel throughout the body. Youth
Kirsten A. Roberts at 1-800-533-6233. explore the risks of man-made psychoactive drugs and the
risks posed by exposing the developing brain to alcohol.
Ways to protect the brain are discussed and the students are
encouraged to protect their brain by making wise choices.
Protecting You/Protecting Me informed decisions about alcohol based on the latest brain
Protecting You/Protecting Me is MADD’s innovative
The curriculum covers specific ways to handle difficult
alcohol-use prevention curricu-
situations such as reducing the
lum for children in grades 1-5.
risks if riding with a driver who is
Research shows that the risk for
not alcohol-free. In addition, the
alcohol and other drug use sky-
lessons cover a variety of life skills
rockets when children enter the
including media awareness, stress
sixth grade, between the ages of
management, resistance strategies,
12 and 13. To be effective in pre-
decision-making and communica-
venting alcohol use by teenagers,
we must reach out to and educate
children before the risk appears. Trained PY/PM localities in Virginia
A Model Program Chesterfield County
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Admin-
istration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), City of Fredricksburg
has designated Protecting You/Protecting Me as a model City of Hampton
program. SAMHSA gives model designation when a pro-
gram meets “the highest scientific standards and its devel- Amherst County
opers have the capacity to provide high-quality materials,
training, and technical assistance to communities that wish Rockbridge County
to use the program.” (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S.
City of Colonial Heights
Department of Health and Human Services.
City of Virginia Beach
The Developing Brain
The Protecting You/Protecting Me curriculum is designed Surry County
to fill the gap in current prevention programs that haven’t
yet incorporated the latest research on children’s brains Dinwiddie County
and the developmental risks associated with exposure to
alcohol before the age of 21.
Protecting You/Protecting Me helps reach children before
they have fully shaped their attitudes and opinions about City of Petersburg
alcohol use by youth and their role in preventing it. The
curriculum focuses on the effects of alcohol on the devel- Smyth County
oping brain during the first 21 years of life. It takes the City of Richmond
stand of zero tolerance on any alcohol or other drug use for
those under 21. Child Endangerment (Continued from page 2)
o Always buckle seat belts or use a child
Customized by Grade Level safety seat.
The scope and sequence of the lessons are designed to o Do not bother or distract the driver
deliver content that’s age- and grade-appropriate. And the o Tell a trusted adult immediately about any
sessions are different lengths, depending on the ability of unsafe ride.
children to focus and understand. The first and second
grade lessons generally last 20-25 minutes, and the fifth Get Involved
grade lessons last 45-50 minutes. If you want to help empower children with these tips and
other safety messages, work with your local school system
The program is also available is Spanish and has been to incorporate MADD’s nationally recognized Protecting
culturally tailored for Native American students. You/Protecting Me program into their elementary school
Skills Young Students Can Use
Protecting You/Protecting Me is the only curriculum that For more information or to have a speaker come talk about
teaches children how to protect themselves and make child endangerment, call 1-800-533-6233.
Complete article is at www.madd.org. on how DUI court cases are • Information collected focuses
handled across the nation. on the offender’s charges, pre-
MADD works to • Identify potential gaps in the vious charges and/or convic-
help victims and prosecution and adjudication tions, punishment rendered in
families devastat- process. any previous convictions and
ed by the crime • Use the data to help improve demeanor during proceedings.
of drunk driving. the legal system. • Volunteers record informa-
Our support includes the Court Moni- tion such as accepted plea
toring Program – a coordinated effort To achieve these goals, we send bargains and consistency with
to hold the criminal courts system trained volunteers to observe and the offense, the victim(s) role
accountable for its treatment of drunk- note the outcomes of DUI court in plea agreement, and punish-
driving cases. Across the country, DUI proceedings, including arraignments, ment of offender including
cases are often handled inconsistently, pre-trial hearings, trials and sentenc- probation, jail time, fines and
pleaded to lesser charges or simply ing cases. The program evaluates the license suspension/revocation.
dismissed. MADD advocates for swift courts through regular review of court
and appropriate justice for all DUI proceedings, collection of court data Results
cases. and review of records. To achieve its Monitoring the courts works. A
goals, the program also focuses on National Highway Traffic Safety
To truly reduce drunk driving, law- forming strong strategic alliances with Administration (NHTSA) study that
makers, law enforcement officers law enforcement, judges, prosecutors examined court monitoring in Maine
and the judicial system must work in and the defense bar, including public showed that in cases where a court
concert. MADD is here to help make defenders. monitor was present, the conviction
that happen. The presence of volun- rates of DUI offenders were 10 percent
teer court monitors from within the Gathering Critical Information higher, and case dismissal rates were
community sends a clear message to The key to the program’s success is 70 percent lower.
judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers information gathered by volunteers in
and court staff: We care about what three main categories: Get Involved
happens and we’re holding you ac- • Volunteers evaluate judges, Contact Kirsten A. Roberts at pro-
countable. prosecutors, defense lawyers email@example.com or call
and court staff on aspects such 1-800-533-6233. Court monitors can
How It Works as preparedness, understand- volunteer as little as once a month
The Court Monitoring Program has ing of the law(s), treatment of or as often as DUI cases are heard in
three goals: victim(s) and how proceedings their locality.
• Compile pertinent information were held.
In 2006, almost 14,000 people were killed in a crash in-
volving a drunk driver. Fortunately, there
is a technology that has the potential to
eliminate these preventable deaths-the
ignition interlock. These sophisticated
devices can prevent a vehicle from being
driven by a drunk driver. If they are used
correctly-in concert with treatment, in ad-
dition to hard license suspensions, and in
the vehicles until they are no longer needed - they can stop
People who have previous drunk driving convictions make
up approximately one-third of the drunk driving problem
Continued on back page
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Ignition Interlocks (Continued from page 6)
in America. These are people who have been failed by a
system that has in turn failed to keep the rest of us safe.
Even first-time offenses are serious indicators that a person
is likely to become a repeat offender. First-time offenders
have driven drunk an average of 87 times before they are
convicted and most likely have a serious problem with
Several studies in the United States and Canada have
shown that ignition interlocks decrease repeat offenses by
50-90%. The sad thing is that we have the technology and
we know how to reverse the trend, but the laws haven’t
been passed yet making this technology mandatory for
ALL convicted DUI offenders.
In 2008 legislation was introduced in Virginia by Delegate
Salvatore R. Iaquinto to make ignition interlock manda-
tory for all DUI offenders. The Senate Courts of Justice
Committee removed first time offenders’ whit a BAC
.15 from this legislation. The original legislation would
require any DUI offender to have the ignition interlock
for 6 months with no positive tests. Please call Chris at
1-800-533-6233 if you are willing to contact your legisla-
tor about this important legislation in 2009.