The holidays are a wonderful time of year, filled with celebrations and precious time with loved ones. But for the 775 families whose loved ones were killed during December 2010 in alcohol impaired-driving crashes, the joyous celebrations ended in disaster. The holidays are difficult for families who have endured the devastating effects of an impaired driving crash. As expressed by Jan Withers, National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving: “For those of us whose loved ones have been killed by impaired drivers, it can be especially painful
to face the holidays knowing that there is an empty place in our families and
Victims of impaired driving crashes are not hurt accidentally. They are victims of a
crime that is the result of two choices made by a driver—to use alcohol or
other drugs incorrectly or in excess, and to operate a vehicle while under the influence of these substances. These choices are as dangerous to the public as using a deadly weapon. Thanks to the work of MADD, public awareness of impaired driving as a preventable crime has grown. MADD has over 225 affiliates and chapters nationwide with victim advocates who provide services and support to survivors, and promote awareness about drunk and drugged driving prevention and response.
In 1986, MADD started the “TIE ONE ON for SAFETY” campaign. It is MADD’s longest running and most visible public awareness project. During the holiday season, drivers are encouraged to display a red ribbon in a visible location on their vehicles. Red ribbons and red ribbon window decals are available through local MADD affiliates. The red ribbons represent the drivers’ commitment to drive safe, sober and buckled up, reminding others to do the same.
Victim notification and information are critical components of helping victims and
survivors of impaired driving crashes to understand and navigate justice
processes that may be confusing and overwhelming. CT Savin allows victims to
actively participate in the criminal justice system by registering to be
notified of the status of their offender. Services are free, confidential and
available 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, 365 days-a-year. Here in Connecticut, crime victims and survivors can register for CT Savin services by calling 877-846-3428 or visiting our website at www.vinelink.com.
Please show your support for MADD and “TIE ONE ON for SAFETY” this holiday season to keep our communities safe, and learn about our state’s SAVIN program that provides information and notification to all crime victims and survivors. Drunk and drugged driving has serious consequences, but together we can help reduce deaths and injuries on Connecticut roadways and continue to provide supportive services to victims.
Contact the MADD office today for information on MADD Victim Services or to get your red ribbon for your car. 203-764-2566