Archive for February, 2012

As many of you know we have been working across the state to get parents to start the conversation about alcohol with their teens through our Power of Parents Program. Now, we are adding the second part of the program into the mix and we can’t wait. Are you ready for the Power Of You(th)!?

The Power of You(th) is kicking off with a bang, or a shot really, a video shot. We are asking teens to create and submit a video as part of a national contest. This video should be about their choice not to drink underage and the power that teens have to encourage themselves and others to make that choice. This is such an incredible opportunity for young artists to show what helps them to live alcohol free. On top of that five winners will be chosen to head to MADD National to be part of a teen influencer group. The group will help to create the Power of You(th) handbook, a compliment to the Power of Parents handbook, made by teens for teens. Don’t worry if your teen isn’t into the video making process though, just come talk to us. We will be submitting Nebraska teens to be part of the influencers group through an application process. If you know a teen who is alcohol free and working to keep their peers that way, we can work on submitting a nomination for them to go. The top five applications from across the country will join the group in Texas to help make the handbook!

This is such an exciting time! We know that the Power of Parents is incredibly important. But, we also know that teens are a great influence on one another! This program is a huge opportunity to get teens talking and sharing the benefits of staying alcohol free with their friends! We can’t wait for fall when we get that teen-made handbook in our hands to start sharing at schools across the state! Want to know more check out http://www.madd.org/underage-drinking/power-of-youth/ or call the MADD Nebraska state office!

Seatbelts.

Posted: February 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

I feel like I may need to take a moment to remind everyone out there of what a seatbelt is. You know that little device that you use when you are in your vehicle to keep you safe and potentially save your life. Yeah, that’s it. Now, are you using it? Well you should be!

So far 2012 has been record setting for roadway deaths here in Nebraska. Not a record you want to break! Nineteen people died in January alone. Last year, that number was eight. While that number alone is distressing, it is even more upsetting because some of the deaths could have potentially been prevented. Sixteen of the victims were vehicle occupants and 15 of them were not wearing a seatbelt. Do we know for sure that seatbelts could have kept these people alive, no. But, do we know that wearing your seatbelt increases your odds of survival in a crash by 50-60%, yes. Isn’t that statistic enough to make you want to put on your seatbelt every time you get in the car?

While not involved in all of the fatalities so far this year, alcohol has played a factor in too many of them. Every person killed in an alcohol related crash is one too many. One life that could have been saved by better decision making and planning ahead. We encourage you to continue to always designate a sober driver and never, ever drive after drinking.

Let’s work on making some changes so the rest of the year doesn’t continue as we have started out. Sadly, we can’t get back the people whose lives have already been taken, we can care for and support them and we are here to help in whatever they need. But, we can change so more families don’t have to experience the tragic loss of their loved one on the road.

Be safe. And Buckle Up.