MADD Launches Ribbon Campaign to Raise Awareness About DUI Accidents
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Nov 12, 2015 in Auto Accidents
Colleen Sheehey-Church, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), was in Anderson this week to help launch the annual Tie One On For Safety campaign. The red-ribbon campaign was created to promote awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence (DUI) during the holiday season.
A DUI accident injury can result in severe long-term damage to victims health and emotional state. The pain of losing a family member to a drunk driver is immeasurable. Sheehey-Church founded MADD one year after her son was killed by an intoxicated driver.
Despite being completely preventable, thousands of people are killed every year because some people make the irresponsible decision to drink and get behind the wheel of a car. This is why MADD is reminding people to not drink and drive this holiday season.
Each year, DUI arrests spike from Thanksgiving through New Years. More people are on the road the nights before Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve, many of whom have been drinking. Alcohol is involved in more than 40 percent of traffic fatalities during Christmas and New Years alone, 12 percent higher than the rest of December.
As part of their campaign to encourage motorists to not drink and drive, MADD is asking people to display red ribbons with the text Designate a Driver. The term Tie One On For Safety is a play on the slang term tie one on, referring to consuming alcohol.
To make sure you have a safe celebration this holiday season, remember these tips:
- Always designate a non-drinking driver before you plan an event where alcohol will be served.
- Offer non-alcoholic beverages if you are hosting a party.
- Keep a list of taxi services and other forms of transportation available.
- Do not pressure people to drink excessively.
- Provide food to prevent people from drinking on an empty stomach.
- Dont let your friends drive drunk, and dont get into a car with a drunk driver.
Have you or a loved one been injured or killed because of a drunk driver? The experienced upstate South Carolina car accident lawyers at Harbin & Burnett will work to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.