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Outstanding DWI Team 2008

It is that time of year again!  MADD Nebraska is requesting nominations for outstanding work done, in our state, in the area of DWI, MIP, traffic mobilization, education on underage drinking, prosecution and probation in 2009.  All of these areas represent work that is essential to MADD’s mission to eliminate drunk driving. Just follow the link to get the nomination form: http://www.maddnebraska.org/lea/awards

Law enforcement is the front line to eliminating drunk driving on our roads across the state.   Arrests made, in relation to impaired driving, save lives.  Lives of our family members, neighbors and community friends.
 
Last year alone, there were more than 13,000 DWI arrests made statewide. That is equivalent to 36 arrests each and every day of the year – 36!
 
I would also like to take a moment and reflect on the families of law enforcement personnel and thank them for all that they give up – often law enforcement is called away from traditional family settings (birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, vacations) to testify, work late shifts, reconstruct accident scenes.  MADD knows and appreciates the hours law enforcement agencies commit to – to ensure our roads are safe to drive day or night.
 
I want to encourage law enforcement to utilize the MADD webpage designed for them: http://www.madd.org/Professionals/Law-Enforcement.aspx  This is a resource we are proud to share and also MADD would encourage all of you to view www.stopimpaireddriving.org provided by the National Transportation Safety Administration.
 
Make sure your agency, outstanding officer, elected official gets the recognition they deserve for the hard work accomplished, lives saved and a community that enjoys a safe drive home to be with family another day!
 
Nominations due to the State Office April 7, 2010.
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jail-women-746Women are being arrested at a higher rate for drunk driving should not come as a BIG surprise.  More women are working; more women have a disposable income, and more women own cars.  It is a disturbing trend.  There is little doubt that women have more opportunities to transport children and that in point is where the real concern should focus: Every child deserves a safe & sober ride home.

 The Omaha World Herald called and spoke with me yesterday regarding this issue.  My response: Drunk Driving does not discriminate. http://www.omaha.com/article/20090819/NEWS01/708209932

In Nebraska, in 2008 we had more than 8,800 men arrested for DWI and more than 2,200 women arrested for DWI (NOHS).  It appears, from the math, that there still is a disproportionate amount of males driving while intoxicated.  Just think if there were only 2,200 males arrested for drunk driving we could close the ranks on impaired driving dramatically.

Over The Limit Under Arrest

Over The Limit Under Arrest

 There is only blame to be placed on the one who makes the choice to drive a 2,000 pound bullet after consuming alcohol.  Drinking and driving is a public health epidemic.  Here in our state one person dies every five days due to an alcohol-related crash. Every 5 days! 

This Labor Day Weekend make sure you have plans to get home by designating a sober driver, make sure your children are not riding with a drinking driver and know enforcement is out. http://www.maddnebraska.org/

Simera Reynolds, M.Ed.

State Executive Director

 

 

DRINKING AND DRIVING IN AMERICA

A 2005 MADD and Nationwide Insurance Survey Conducted by Gallup

 Drinking and Driving: Americans’ Greatest Highway Safety Concern

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  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs was listed as the greatest highway safety problem by the largest percentage of respondents (37 percent)—up from 29 percent in 2000– followed by speeding (27 percent) and cell phones (19 percent).
  • Most respondents (94 percent) cite driving under the influence of alcohol as a major highway safety problem, followed by driving under the influence of illegal drugs (87 percent) and aggressive drivers (83 percent).

 Most Americans Support Sobriety Checkpoints

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  • Eighty-seven percent say they support the use of sobriety checkpoints to check for drunk divers.
  • Support for sobriety checkpoints has increased from 79 percent in 1993 to 83 percent in 2000 to 87 percent in 2005.
  • Eighty percent say they would be discouraged from drinking and driving by sobriety checkpoints, up from 76 percent in 2000.

 Top 10 Factors to Discourage Drunk Driving

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  • Realizing they could kill or injure others                                96 percent
  • Realizing they could kill or injure themselves                      91 percent
  • Jail sentence                                                                                         91 percent
  • Possibility of losing their license                                                   89 percent
  • Paying substantial fines                                                                      85 percent
  • Having car impounded                                                                       85 percent
  • Installing an ignition interlock in vehicle if caught                81 percent
  • Fear of losing their job                                                                        80 percent
  • Sobriety checkpoints                                                                           80 percent
  • Increased auto insurance rates                                                       80 percent

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Simera Reynolds, M.Ed.

MADD Nebraska

The war against drunk driving continues on, in Nebraska, 65 people were killed by drunk drivers with an illegal alcohol level of .08 BAC or higher, in 2008. Despite a tremendous decline – here at MADD, even one more death is unacceptable. 

 The Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving is exactly what it says it is. New, smart technology is in development that would detect if a driver is drunk and prevent the car from starting.  In our state we are fortunate enough to have a legislative body that stands behind this Campaign and supports policies to reduce drunk driving, LB 497.

 When you think about how far technology has come from anti-theft sensors to a car that parallel parks itself, it’s highly conceivable that in years to come cars will have alcohol sensors to stop drunk driving all together.

In the meantime, the Campaign calls for stepped up efforts to stop drunk driving – high visibility law enforcement crackdowns, and mandatory ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. Both of these tools are utilized in our state and prehaps that may be one reason our alcohol-related deaths are at an all time low.

 We believe we can eliminate drunk driving once and for all. But we need the public’s support so MADD will work to mobilize our grassroots to fight to eliminate drunk driving.  Please take a moment to thank your state senator for voting for LB 497, http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_list.phpnd   and

the Governor,http://www.governor.nebraska.gov/contact/index.html for signing the bill as it arrived on his desk.

Nebraska State Capitol
Nebraska State Capitol

Simera Reynolds, M.Ed.

State Executive Director

Quick update on the staus of LB 497, introduced by Senator Fulton ,  it did pass on General File on Thursday with only 2  no votes.  This is a much needed piece of legislation to ensure that the ignition interlock law is harmonized with federal regulations.  Please take time to thank your state sentor for their support and encourage Senator Friend and Louden to support the bill on Select File.  To urge your senator to support our much need ignition interlock bill go to: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_list.php and send your senator a quick note.  The only reason drunk drivers continue to drive drunk is because they can.  You have the power  – voice your support!

Simera Reynolds

State Executive Director