Posted: November 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
What are you thankful for?
Each year, we start off the holiday season with Thanksgiving, the day we join our friends and family and remember all of the things we are thankful for. We at MADD Nebraska, are thankful for so much. We are thankful for the people who open themselves up and share with us the most difficult time in their lives. The victims of impaired driving are the heart of MADD and we are thankful they turn to us for help. We are thankful for our volunteers. People driven to make a difference. They all come to us in different ways, but each and every one has the passion to change the world. It is their time, talents and drive that create change and help us create the foundation for a safer state. We are thankful for our partners, Law Enforcement, Probation and all of those who are part of the team working day and night to keep Nebraska safe from drunk driving. Their lives are on the line so we can rest easy at night and we thank them and their families for the sacrifices they make for all of us.
So, what are you thankful for? The person that held your hand when you needed support, the officer who helped keep you safe, your family who is always there for you. As we celebrate the holiday season, remember to tell those you are thankful for just how much they mean in your life. We too often get caught up in the business of rushing here to there and forget how far a simple thank you can go.
As for us here at MADD Nebraska, today, we are thankful for you.
Posted: November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
After the crash, there’s the impact. Those words are so true for families who have have loved ones killed in drunk driving crashes. they are just as true for those who are injured or have had a loved one injured. We so often forget that drunk driving doesn’t just kill, it bruises and breaks, cuts and tears and leaves scars behind that will never heal.
The injured crash victims are often the forgotten crash victims. Last year in Nebraska there were over 1,200 people injured in alcohol-related crashes. Those lives were all forever changed in an instant. And just because injuries heal, doesn’t mean that the impact of the crash ever does. Injured victims face a whole new world after a drunk driving crash. Maybe it is the injury that keeps them from being able to do something they love to do. Or a walker or wheelchair that makes their mobility different than it was before the crash. Maybe they suffered a brain injury, that leaves them having to re-learn things they had always been able to do. Sometimes, the new world they face isn’t mental or physical, but emotional. The memories of the crash that injured them can be haunting, they become part of their new life. Too many times there is a physical reminder of the crash that triggers the emotional trauma.
It is so important to remember that injured victims of drunk driving crashes need support and comfort, just as those who have lost family members do. They are suffering a loss of a different sort, the loss of the life they knew and the need to find their new future after the impact.
Posted: October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized
Halloween is an exciting time, filled with magical princesses, scary ghosts and bewitching goblins. It can also be a very dangerous time when drivers mix holiday fun with alcohol.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that Halloween is among one of the most deadly holidays for drunk driving. For the holiday period — from October 30 through 5:59 a.m. on November 1, 2011 — 74 people died nationwide in a crash involving a drunk driver, a 21 percent increase over the average number of drunk driving deaths per day. That is why Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Nebraska is asking everyone to make advance plans to stay safe.
Whether you are trick-or-treating with your child, headed to a party or hosting a party, MADD Nebraska urges you to please consider these safety tips:
- Be extra alert when crossing the street.
- Wear bright, reflective clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and treat buckets.
- Bring a flashlight (with extra batteries) so you can see and be seen at night.
Attending a party:
- Designate a non-drinking driver before you head out to make sure you — and everyone with you — arrive home safely.
- Save the number of a local cab service in your phone prior to heading out.
- Consider hiring a shuttle or limousine service to transport you and your friends to and from your event.
- Arrange a hotel stay for you and your friends on the evening of the event so no one drives home impaired.
Hosting a Halloween party:
- Never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21.
- Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests and not serving alcohol during the last hour of the party.
- Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
- Avoid too many salty snacks, which tend to make people thirsty and drink more.
- Be prepared to get everyone home safe by having the number of a taxi service on hand for those who need a ride.
Remember to put safety first this Halloween by designating a non-drinking driver and encouraging everyone else to do the same.
The second annual Nebraska Walk Like MADD took place this past Sunday. And for the second year we were lucky to have a beautiful day, a great turnout and a successful event. An event that is only successful because of you, the people that believe in the MADD mission and support the work MADD does in our state.
I think often times people believe events, like walks, should be labeled fundraising events. But, they couldn’t be more wrong. While our walk does help raise funds that help us continue our mission in the state, it is so much bigger than that. I like to think of it as inspiration event. Looking around on Sunday, inspiration is exactly what I saw.
Families, who came out not to mourn but to celebrate the lives of their loved ones taken by drunk driving. Friends, people who have been bonded by like tragedy, talking, laughing, healing. Volunteers, passionate about making a difference working hard to make the day. New faces, a community stepping out to say that they too believe that this crime has taken too many lives and it is time for it to end. All of these people, whether they realized it or not, were walking to inspire others.
This inspiration is why we will continue to walk year after year. Yes, this event is a fundraiser and yes, it helps MADD Nebraska be able to reach more people and support more victims, but no, that is not the biggest reason we walk. We walk because we are united, working together to inspire the world around us to change. We hope you will join us in carrying this inspiration throughout the year until we walk again.
MADD Nebraska is excited to join with State Farm and ServeNebraska to rally schools, students and the community for Celebrate My Drive.
Celebrate My Drive is a nationwide campaign encouraging teens to make positive choices when they drive. MADD feels this event is important because we know that car crashes are the leading killer of teens, and their first year on the road is the most dangerous. By sharing positive teen driver safety messages with these young drivers, we give them a more powerful message that reaches them far better than scare tactics. Through MADD’s Power of Youth program, we work to add onto positive safe driving messages and add in positive decision making skills, especially when it comes to underage drinking.
We encourage you to check out www.celebratemydrive.com to see if your school is already registered. If you aren’t, work with a school administrator to get your school on the site. If you are, get ready for October! Celebrate My Drive runs October 18th-26th, during that time frame students, parents and the community will be encouraged to make safe driving commitments on behalf of your school, the more commitments the greater the chance of winning prizes, did we mention there are prizes?! Your school could win grant money, or a grand prize concert with Kelly Clarkson.
We are so excited to be working with great partners to encourage area schools to get involved in this event. Not only is it a great chance to win for your school, but it is an amazing opportunity to keep youth safe. By bringing attention to driving safety and underage drinking, we help students to make positive decisions for their future. So join us to Celebrate My Drive and keep the youth of Nebraska safe!
Posted: September 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
Posted: September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
Today marks the end of Child Passenger Safety Week, which works to bring awareness to the correct use of child car and booster seats. We here at MADD encourage parents to make sure their kids are safe by using these items correctly, but also want to bring attention to another aspect of child passenger safety, child endangerment.
In 2011, 226 child (under age 15) passengers were killed in drunk driving crashes, representing 20 percent of all child traffic fatalities, of which more than half (54 percent) were passengers in a vehicle with the drunk driver. Children are our most vulnerable population, and it is up to us to keep them safe.
“Child endangerment has reached a crisis level in our nation,” said Jan Withers, MADD National President. “Annually, MADD receives more than 17,000 phone calls related to child endangerment. Drunk driving with a child passenger is a form of child abuse and no child should ever be put in that kind of danger, especially by those entrusted to keep them safe,” Withers continued.
Nebraska is one of 44 states that have a child endangerment law, which means if someone drinks and drives with a child in the vehicle, they can be charged with a felony. While we are incredibly proud of our state for having this law in place, we continue to work towards keeping our children safe from the dangers of drinking and driving. We want everyone to make the choice to use a sober, designated driver if they have been drinking, and we especially urge those who are taking care of children to think about how their choices affect those who have no choice. Let’s keep on working together to make sure children in our state are safe.
Posted: September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized
When is the last time you checked out what your teenager was looking at on social media? If it’s been awhile you should think about logging into facebook to see what they see. New research has shown that photos on social media can actually make teens smoke and drink more.
Apparently, the peer influence parents have always feared, is working online now, through social media. It isn’t that direct pressure of someone asking a teen to drink, it is seeing that other kids are doing it. The study done shows that it is not the number of friends that a teen has on a social media site that influence behavior, but the photos they post of what they are doing. If teens see photos of their peers drinking and smoking, they are more likely to as well. The study points out that 95% of 12-17 year olds in the US access the internet every day.
So what to do? Make sure you as a parent are communicating and paying attention to what your teens are doing! Have conversations about alcohol. and have conversations about what your teenagers are posting online because risky behaviors posted online are a bad idea for so many reasons.
Read more about the study here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2409671/Is-Facebook-bad-childs-health-Teenagers-likely-smoke-drink-pictures-friends-partying-site.html