Archive for June, 2010

The media has been buzzing over a 14 time drunk driver.  There are at least 200 offenders in our state of that caliber. Last year alone, in our state, law enforcement arrested approximately 14,000 individuals for DUI. 

This is not a unique crime in our state, sad to say.    Never forget that drunk driving is the most frequently committed crime in our state.

We must pledge to not become complacent or weary of the continued arrests – for each arrest means a life saved as far as MADD is concerned.  We applaud law enforcement for the tenacity to keep our roads safe for us to travel.

Write to your local judge or county prosecutor and ask why they are not using ignition interlock, a tool proven to be effective while on probation, to keep the public safe? We are all victims when the courts continue to let us down by not using resources at their disposal.  The legislature passed the law to implement ignition interlocks – now we all need to ensure the judges use them.


A while back, my mom called to visit but I was painting (Saturday, December 16th, 2006). I tried to pay attention as she began to ask how things were and what was up, but I was all excited about the spare room make over. And like most Moms (Dads too) she could tell I was distracted and I asked if I could call her the next day.  That conversation still sticks with me to this day – we always think there will be that next day. 

The next day came and my Father called not to say “hello” or “how are you” but to relay that my mom had been in a crash involving a drunk driver. My heart sank and oh how I wished I would have talked to my mom yesterday.

Call the Father in your life.

So my point: this Father’s Day week-end reach out to your Father no matter where he is and let him know you are thinking of him, that he is in your heart today.  We never know when that opportunity will be snatched away from us.

 I have had the privilege of working with more than six different families that have had both their Mothers and Fathers snatched from their lives in an instant – time can be cruel when you count the days you lost with a loved one.  Yet somehow we have to manage to press on and make our family proud, do right by ourselves and support those we meet along the way with passion and genuine concern for the situation they are in this particular day.

Make the most of your time by sharing it with the man in your life that touched it so you could become the person you are today.  Uncles, granddads, brothers, nephews, Son-in-laws, and the neighbor down the street – .

We know here at MADD Fathers are our volunteers and they are your support – thank the guys in your life!  I am going to. 

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
                             Fathers Day Quote by: Jim Valvano

Last night I went to a memorial for two young people, Josh & Morgan, that lost their lives on a motorcycle to a drunk driver.  What I took away from the memorial was friendships last forever, gone but not forgotten is not just a catch phrase but the truth, and passion pursuades.  

Kim, Josh’s Mom, talked to the many bikers that drove up on their motorcycles to honor their friend, and made an impassioned plea to “please please always be safe”. Her words echoed in my heart as I know I think those same words daily as my husband rides his motorcycle & my nephew rides his motorcycle. There are times we can not control events but we can ensure that we ride smart and safe. 

If you have not read about motorcycle safety you may want to look at this link. Here at MADD we want everyone on the road to drive smart, safe and sober.  

The goal is to enjoy the road and arrive home to those you love and whom love you.  I know that there have been times when my husband has been just 15 minutes late and it is dusk and I begin to, ever so slightly, cringe – I don’t want a knock on the door. 

At the end of the touching memorial, Amy Wieczorek spoke about the loss of her good friend Morgan.  Her words burn bright:   

One light touches many lives.

 “A thousand candles can be lit from a single candle. All it takes is one. For the past 3 years, I have strived to be a light in someone’s darkness, including my own. Tonight we honor our best friends, Morgan and Josh. They will forever be a light in our hearts leading us in a promising direction, shinning as a sliver …of hope for a better tommorrow for all of us. I miss you everyday of my life, RIP Morgie”.