Archive for November, 2010

Seat Belt Safety Focus of Holiday Enforcement

 (Lincoln, NE)- Seat belts save lives, a message Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Troopers will be sending out to motorists during the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign November 22-28, 2010.

The special enforcement designed to raise awareness of the need to wear your seat belt every time you get into a vehicle encompasses the heavily traveled Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

“We’ve got both football and Thanksgiving travel,” said Colonel Bryan Tuma, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.  “Combine those two events, and you’re bound to get some pretty heavy traffic across the state. We are encouraging motorists to plan ahead giving themselves plenty of time to reach their destination.”

Troopers will concentrate on reducing crash causing behaviors such as speeding, following too closely, failure to buckle-up and impaired or distracted driving.

Travelers who experience an emergency or would like to report a distracted or impaired driver should call the NSP Highway Helpline when safe to do so at *55 from any cellular phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline. Motorists wanting road, weather or construction information should dial 511 or log onto the Nebraska Traveler Information website at www.511nebraska.org

For more information on specific enforcement activities during the “Click it or Ticket” special enforcement campaign contact your nearest Nebraska State Patrol Troop Area Headquarters;

Troop A-Omaha (402) 331-3333 Troop C-Grand Island (308) 385-6000
HQ Troop-Lincoln (402) 471-4545 Troop D-North Platte (308)535-8047
Troop B-Norfolk (402) 370-3456 Troop E-Scottsbluff (308)632-1211
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Mothers Against Drunk Driving is on Facebook, Twitter and MADD Nebraska has a Facebook fan page too!  This is a great way to stay connected to what is going on across the United States and also a way to connect locally to what is happening here at the local level. 

Here at MADD, we always try to provide informative updates about our stand on issues as they arise, acknowledge the human element and tragic toll alcohol-related crashes take on our communities, families and friends and strive to provide  education regarding the dangers of underage drinking and the importance of maintaining the 21MDL in the every state.

Also, it is just a great way to connect with others, offer your volunteer time and/or financial support so we can keep our mission moving forward.  Thanks to the many that have already provided their support in numerous ways – be it time, resources or dollars!

Your Donation this Holiday Season will Make A Difference Daily!

For MADD Nebraska, Facebook is kind of like a neighborhood newsletter and it enables us to all stay connected.  Allowing each one of us to know that we have the ability to make a valuable contribution to the organization, we can provide support and understanding to those that are in need and we can work collectively to eliminate drunk driving bit by bit.  MADD’s mission is: to stop drunk driving, support victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.

If you have not found us on Facebook or Twitter yet I want to encourage you to connect with us and others like you that want to see the elimination of drunk driving across the Untied States and here at home in Nebraska. 

First Lady Sally Ganem, MADD National Board Member, often says, “Nebraskans want to be No. 1 in football but, not in underage drinking, binge drinking or drunk driving deaths”.  Take time to be a friend today!

MADD is pleased to announce that we will be in 22 counties, across the state, with the MADD Court Monitoring Program. The program, simply put, is set up to observe trends, patterns and behaviors regarding DUI sentencing and outcomes.  MADD would like to thank the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety for their support to conduct this important program to ensure that DUI’s are being treated consistently and equitably from county to county. 

Additionally, First Lady Sally Ganem, MADD National Board Member, stated “I am very excited about the opportunities for more volunteer growth and support for MADD across our great state”.

The Court Monitoring Program strives to ensure that DUI arrests are prosecuted, unwarranted dismissals are decreased and justice is served in our state.

 The program is three-fold: compile data on DUI cases and how they are managed from county to county, share outcomes of findings with professionals in the justice system and the community, provide specialized training to volunteers on how to be a court monitoring volunteer in the designated 22 counties.

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It has been a special pleasure for MADD to see this program grow and expand services.  MADD Court Monitoring first started with a four counties(Lancaster,Saunders, Gage and Saline), then moved to eight counties(adding Sarpy,Adams, Hall and Otoe) and now MADD is able to work in 22 counties in the upcoming year.  Much of this would not have been accomplished without our outstanding volunteers.

If you are interested in supporting the MADD Court Monitoring Program please let us know and MADD will get you trained and in the court room to observe your court’s at work.

Contact our Volunteer Resource Coordinator, Sara Magnus at sara.magnus@madd.org and she will assist you in your efforts to become an active MADD volunteer.  Everyone is welcomed and we look forward to meeting new faces as we travel the state.