Archive for August, 2013

In Nebraska, Labor Day signals both the winding down of the summer season (even if the 100 degree weather says differently!) and the start of football season. As we prepare for the holiday weekend, we want to thank the men and women of law enforcement who will be taking to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving and save lives. Across the state in the next few days and weeks you will see extra enforcement in many forms, extra officers on the roads and at events, and working sobriety checkpoints.

We know many people don’t understand the importance of sobriety checkpoints. And surprisingly they are not done to “catch” drunk drivers, although that is often a by-product! Sobriety checkpoints are typically publicized and are meant to deter drinking and driving. It is important to realize that by making sure people know there is a risk of being caught, they often do exactly what we want them to, plan ahead with a designated driver before they start drinking.

This year, if your holiday or game day plans having you stopped at a checkpoint, we encourage you to take a minute to thank the officer helping to keep the roads safe. By paying attention and cooperating with the efforts, you will have yourself back on the road in no time at all, and have those who may be driving impaired, off the road.

Have a fun and safe  holiday weekend and remember, if your plans include alcohol, make sure they include a sober, designated driver.

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An Exciting Week

Posted: August 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

It is not every day that we get a visit from the MADD National President, Jan Withers. But, this week, she is landing in Nebraska to visit our state and to attend a very special training being held here. We are so excited to be able to tell her about the work MADD is doing in Nebraska and have her meet the people who make it happen, our volunteers, supporters, and victims.

Jan will be attending a Victim Assistance Training that is focused on outreach to rural communities. A perfect fit for us here in Nebraska, since there is a large part of our state that is rural. And while these smaller communities come together like no where else, it is often hard for them to know just what to do in the wake of a tragedy like a drunk driving crash. That is where the training comes in, it will help teach victim advocates across the country just what they need to know to help in these rural communities.

We are excited to offer a chance for you to meet Jan while she is in town. On August 8th, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., First Lady Sally Ganem will be hosting an open house at the Governor’s Residence (1425 H St., Lincoln) so you can come by and say hello! It is a unique opportunity to meet a woman who is incredibly passionate about the work MADD is doing and knows first hand the importance of ending drunk driving. We hope you can find the time to make Jan feel welcome in our state, and show her just how wonderful all of our Nebraska supporters are.