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					                                                                                                   About Virginia
                                                                                                                               Summer
      Programs                                                                                                                  2008

                         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
                                                                                                tions.
                                                                                             •	 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
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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
                                                                mirror.
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.
                                                                PSAs
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 executivedirector@maddva.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-
                                                                        ity.
                                                                     •	 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-
                                                                        son.


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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.
and empowerment.
                                                              Brain Smarts and Fragile Handle
Both programs also feature poignant, tragic and true
stories of a deadly drunk driving crash. These programs
                                                              with Care
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.
533-6233.
                                                              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.
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Protecting You/Protecting Me                                   informed decisions about alcohol based on the latest brain
                                                               research.
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,
                                                                                    tion.
                          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
                                                               Botetourt County
alcohol before the age of 21.
                                                               Louduon County
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
                                                               curriculum.
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.
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Court Monitoring
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      gramspecialist@maddva.org 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.


Ignition Interlocks
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
repeat offenses.

People who have previous drunk driving convictions make
up approximately one-third of the drunk driving problem
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               C       H        A        P     T      E       R        S                     and make a difference tomorrow.
         MADD Virginia and                             Development Officer                         NO MEMBERSHIP FEE
      District of Columbia Office                         Amy E. Green
      5310 Markel Road., Suite 101                                                                     Membership and
          Richmond, VA 23230                         Clerical Office Assistant
                                                        Barbara Dickerson                            Volunteer Application
         Phone: (804) 353-7121
                                                           Nancy Foster
      Toll Free: 1-800-533-MADD                                                            MADD is an organization of victims, sur-
          Fax: (804) 353-7122                                  affiliate                   vivors, and concerned citizens determined
       E-mail: office@maddva.org                  Northern Virginia Chapter                to reduce deaths and injuries resulting from
       Web site: www.maddva.org                  (Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier,            driving under the influence. As a participant,
                                                   Prince William counties;                you will be entitled to any and all of the
           State Office Staff                                                              services MADD has to offer including news-
          Executive Director                   Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church,
                                                            Manassas,                      letters, magazines, and updates on current
          Chris R. Konschak                                                                legislation and drunk driving information.
                                                        Manassas Park)
          Administrative &                               P. O. Box 4248
           Technology Asst.                         Falls Church, VA 22044
          M. “Abby” Amalbert                        Phone: (703) 379-1135
                                                      Fax: (703) 379-1930
          Program Specialist                     E-mail: office@maddnova.org                       Your Information
           Kirsten A. Roberts                    Web site:www.maddnova.org
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                                                   MADD’s Mission
         To stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.


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
alcohol.

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.

				
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