Archive for January, 2012

Justice

Posted: January 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

What is justice? Today, a man is being sentenced for taking two lives while he was driving under the influence of alcohol. As the family awaits the sentence I can’t help but wonder, what does justice look like in this situation?

There is nothing anyone can say or do to bring their children back. There is no sentence that will let them hug them again or hold their hand or see their future. That was all taken away by one person’s decision. So whatever the outcome of the sentencing, there is no real justice. But, what there is, is a sentence that shows the severity of the crime. That shows others that drinking and driving is dangerous and that there are consequences for making the choice that in this case took two lives.

In the end, anyone whose life has been impacted by an alcohol related crash knows, there is no real justice. Nothing the legal system does could ever be enough, they can’t bring back the life that you had before the crash. They can make sure consequences are there and the punishment fits the crime, but as much as we would like it to, it doesn’t make things better. But, hopefully those consquences will help others in the future, showing them that making the choice to drink and drive, could change so many lives, including your own.

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Looking Back and Moving Forward

Posted: January 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

As we start this new year, it is natural at this time to look back over the past year and all that has happened. For us here at MADD Nebraska it has been quite the year. We said goodbye to three great friends as they moved on to new adventures and then we said hello to our new victim advocate. We celebrated a five star ranking in the MADD National Report to the Nation, while we mourned the death of too many on our roads in alcohol related crashes this year.  It is our goal for 2012 to continue to work to see Nebraska’s roads become safer, to see less lives impacted and to be here to serve the victims who are.

After celebrating our first PowerTalk 21 Day and kicking off the Power of Parents program, we are excited to really see the program take off across the state in 2012. We can keep Nebraska’s youth safe through this program, which allows parents to learn how to start the conversation about alcohol with their teens.

We can’t wait to get this year rolling! 2012 will hold many exciting things for MADD Nebraska. We hope we can count on your support throughout another year, helping to connect us with your communities and allowing us to make a difference across the state. We ask all of you to make the right choice this year and make one of your resolutions to be to always have a sober designated driver if you plan to drink. This choice alone can save lives! Thank you for all of your support and here is to a great 2012!