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The first Husker game is days away, the last long weekend of the summer is about to commence, and friends and families are getting together. Everything really is buzzing!

As you prepare for your get together, whether you partake in the game at home or at the stadium make sure you have a solid game plan to get home safe. Designate a non-drinking driver and never provide alcohol to anyone under 21.

This weekend law enforcement across the state will be making sure every motorists can arrive to their destination safely.  MADD is participating in a variety of checkpoints in four different counties alone.  There are over 50 law enforcement agencies with extra funding this weekend to make sure drunk drivers are apprehended. 

This really is an exciting time of year for all the Nebraska Husker Fans and MADD is proud to work alongside law enforcement to support our community safety.  Enjoy the long weekend whatever you plan is and remember your seatbelt is your best DEFENSE against a drunk driver.

We hear it all the time “everything in moderation” and it is not only true for food but for drink too! 

Here at MADD we are not against drinking if you are of legal age (21 across the United States).  As summer flies by and we all enjoy food & drink with friends, family, and reunions of old pals from years gone by, don’t forget that moderation is not only key with food but also the key to adult beverage intake.

So what is moderation exactly?  We all have our own notion don’t we! I thought I would include a link from Mayo Clinic to define moderation: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alcohol/SC00024

As we all strive to be a good host or hostess strive also to ensure the safety of those visiting your home by encouraging moderation so everyone gets home safe. http://www.madd.org/Drunk-Driving/Drunk-Driving/Safe-Party-Guide.aspx

Summer is the time to kick back and enjoy! So from us here at MADD we wish you and yours a fun and relaxing summer – only 6 weeks and another school year is here – the last year as Big 12 – oh my!

 On the eve of St. Patrick’s day, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is urging all Nebraskans to celebrate safely and if alcohol is a part of the party-please designate a non-drinking driver prior to the celebration, never serve to anyone under 21 and drinking underage is a crime.

The Luck of the Irish” will not be enough to protect you should you encounter an impaired driver, but all of us can play our part in preventing needless deaths and injuries by making the simple decision to designate an non-drinking driver and always wear your safety belt.  Special holiday outings can take a tragic turn if people choose to drink and drive.  Law enforcement provides a crucial check and balance during high-risk holidays. On the 17th, you drive drunk there is a good chance your luck will runout as law enforcement will be on high-alert.

In 2009, alcohol-related traffic crashes claimed the lives of 78 people in Nebraska and more than 3,000 injuries and countless personal property damages. 

Nationwide, there were 137,000 alcohol-related traffic deaths – that is the equivalent of a 747 jet going down once week every week of the year.  Alcohol-related deaths and injuries are 100 percent preventable and personal responsibility will go a long way towards ensuring that our friends and family arrive alive.

MADD is also calling on all restaurant and bar owners to practice responsible beverage service practices by declining alcohol service to persons who are not of legal drinking age, cutting off alcohol service to guests and patrons that are impaired, and providing alternate transportation for those guests who chose to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with alcohol.

MADD recommends that adults designate a sober driver before celebrations begin and that might involve calling a taxi.  #TAXI® (Poundtaxi) is a taxi service that supports MADD’s mission.  By dialing #TAXI (#-8-2-9-4) on any mobile phone, callers will be connected to the first available or preferred taxicab company in their local calling area. Callers don’t even need to know the name of a cab company and the service helps avoid busy signals at peak times. #TAXI is available for $1.25 to $1.79 per call, depending on the wireless carrier and takes no money from taxi companies.  #TAXI makes it easy to get home safely.

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving - Make the right call.

Between now and March 31, #TAXI is offering consumers an opportunity to help themselves and MADD. By registering their mobile phone number, consumers will have a chance to win one of three $100 taxi vouchers.  In addition, once registered, #TAXI will donate fifty cents ($0.50), up to $10,000, the first time a registered mobile phone calls the service. For complete details, log on to: www.cellwand.com/MADDContest/tabid/108/Default.aspx

Here at MADD at the end of the year I always have two trains of thought going and I decided why not converge them – hey after all it is the end of the year.

First, MADD Nebraska appreciates the more than 1,600 supporters we have currently. Our supporters are truly our life-blood and work across the state would never get accomplished without our great volunteers, supporters and safety partners.  With that said, I would like to encourage you to become a member and donate $20.00 to MADD Nebraska www.madd.org/ChapterDonations/

The moneys stays here to help those impacted by drunk driving, secure sound policy measures and continue our Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.  Our MADD State Chair, Dana McCown said at the Tie One On For Safety press conference “it is more than a Campaign it should be our way of life.”

I don’t think anyone can argue with that statement.  Prior to December 31, 2009 get your check out and send us a contribution – we will Make A Dinference Daily with it! Thank you for your support.

OK the second thought is to remind everyone one more time that the holiday season is a time to celebrate safe, sober and buckled up. Make a plan to get home and if your plans don’t pan out then use the TAXI service if it is in your area.

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving - Make the right call.

Those in Omaha and Lincoln who celebrate the holidays by imbibing a little too much can avoid the risk of drinking and driving, thanks to free taxi service offered by a couple of law firms.

Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf and Lathrop of Omaha is again sponsoring its Safe Ride Home program. Started in 1990, the program is simple: Anyone who attends a holiday party through New Year’s Eve and becomes too intoxicated to drive safely can call Happy Cab in Omaha for a ride home. Hauptman will pick up the cab fare.

 A Lincoln law firm, Friedman Law Offices, provides the same service in Nebraska’s capital city. In Lincoln, partygoers are asked to call 402-474-SAFE between the hours of 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. through Dec. 31 for a free cab ride home.

There you go – my two cents and my appreciation to all whom have helped MADD meet our mission:  to stop drunk driving, support victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking..

I am all about treats and NO tricks!  Remember the days of walking hand in hand with your folks down the neighborhood to visit friends and knock on doors.  I loved going out and coming home to warm cider, donuts and popcorn especially on a school night – that was a treat in itself.

As I fondly think of my times in Wahoo going about with friends, I also think about where we are today and that this year Halloween is on a Saturday – EEKKK!!!

To me that spell’s trouble with a capital “T”. Little ones will scurrying about, while young adults are out traveling in cars and everyone in between being festive & enjoying a good old Husker Game Day.imageshttp://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?spid=22&spsid=3&db_oem_id=100

I know I have said it before but it can never be stated too many times. Your seat belt is your best defense against a drunk driver.  Staying in the car during a crash increases your survival rate by 65%, any coach would welcome a figure like that for their defense come game time. So when you and the little ones travel to see family and friends – buckle up each time every time.  When the twenty something’s head out the door for the costume party remember – buckle up each time every time. And be a sport when you and your friends head for home after the Husker game Saturday – buckle up each time every time.

buzzedlogoIf we all do our part by: wearing our seat belts, making sure kids are in costumes that reflect light, young adults don’t drink unless they are 21,  and always have a designated sober driver. http://www.halloween-safety.com/

Make sure your Halloween isn’t scary and make sure your home is filled with treats! trick_or_treat_cover_lrg 

Simera Reynolds, M.Ed.
State Executive Director