This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

MADD Colorado Asks People To Make A Pledge For Safety This St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is one of the most dangerous times of the year for drunk driving fatalities

DENVER, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Colorado is calling on Colorado residents to make a pledge for safety this St. Patrick's Day: pledge to be the non-drinking designated driver for your friends and family, or pledge to not drive after drinking. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 38 people in the U.S. were killed in drunk driving crashes on St. Patrick's Day (and the early morning hours of the next day) in 2011, which represents 34 percent of all highway fatalities for that time period.

"The key is to make plans for how you will get home safely, before you leave the house," said Fran Lanzer, MADD Colorado. "MADD urges adults to volunteer to be a non-drinking designated driver, or plan to take a cab or public transportation."

" St. Patrick's Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on our nation's roadways as too many people make the poor choice to drink and drive," added Kyle Bachus of the law firm of Bachus & Schanker, MADD Colorado's Statewide Sponsor. "We're proud of our long-standing relationship with MADD, and we hope that everyone celebrating the holiday makes the decision to plan ahead before doing so."

Drunk driving is 100 percent preventable, yet in Colorado, 161 people were killed in 2011 as a result of drunk driving crashes. Nationwide each year, nearly 10,000 people are killed and another 315,000 are injured in drunk driving crashes. On average, 31 percent of all highway fatalities are caused by drunk driving, but this number spikes over holidays like St. Patrick's Day, when people may choose to celebrate with alcohol.

On this St. Patrick's Day, a memorial road sign ceremony will be held to honor and remember Jenna Breen, a victim who was killed by a drunk driver with multiple prior offenses. Jenna's favorite holiday was St. Patrick's Day. Jenna's mother, Gail, and the MADD Colorado staff have been working hard to support HB-1217, a bill that would require vehicular homicide offenders with serious prior offenses to serve 75% of their jail time before becoming eligible for parole. Please contact your Colorado legislator to ask him or her to support HB-1217 ( Colorado's House Directory is available here).

MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving ® is working to prevent drunk driving by supporting high-visibility law enforcement efforts like sobriety checkpoints, requiring ignition interlock devices for all convicted drunk drivers, and supporting the development of technology to stop a drunk driver (.08 BAC and above) from operating a vehicle.

For tips on how to throw a safe party on St. Patrick's Day or any time of the year, visit www.madd.org/safeparty.  

About Mothers Against Drunk DrivingFounded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving ® (MADD) is the nation's largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every eight minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP.  Learn more at www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.

SOURCE Mothers Against Drunk Driving Colorado

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG

Markets

DOW 18,080.14 +21.45 0.12%
S&P 500 2,117.69 +4.76 0.23%
NASDAQ 5,092.0850 +36.0220 0.71%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs