Special to the Journal
ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has announced the funding of an incentive grant in the amount of $126,000 to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Georgia to expand prevention and education initiatives as well as to provide support services to law enforcement agencies in the state. This funding will support MADD lifesaving activities from October of 2013 through September of 2014.
“This grant from GOHS will help MADD achieve our mission to stop drunk driving, serve the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking by allowing us to support our heroes and expand awareness about the dangers of underage drinking,” said MADD National President Jan Withers.
In 2012, there were 301drunk driving deaths and approximately 15,000 injuries in the state of Georgia. This generous donation will help MADD Georgia further its efforts to build a strong message of safety throughout the state and create greater awareness for the organization’s underage drinking prevention programs including Power of Parents® and Power of Youth®.
“Working with youth and their parents to prevent underage drinking and alcohol related deaths is very important,” said Barry Martin, State Executive Director for MADD. “Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and three out of every 10 fatally injured teen drivers had been drinking. “
A key component of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving is high visibility law enforcement, along with ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, and advanced technology to prevent a drunk driver (.08 BAC and above) from operating the vehicle. This grant will provide MADD with the tools to support high-visibility law enforcement efforts to catch drunk drivers and discourage others from driving drunk. Each year MADD Georgia recognizes 500 law enforcement officers for their efforts to identify and remove drunk drivers from our roads.
“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is pleased to partner with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in their fight to make Georgia’s roadways safer. The education they provide is vital to keeping our highways safe,” said Harris Blackwood.
The Mission of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is to educate the public on traffic safety and facilitate the implementation of programs that reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities on Georgia roadways. GOHS holds the distinction of organizing nationally-recognized programs such as Operation Zero Tolerance and Click It or Ticket! See more at: http://www.gahighwaysafety.org
Founded 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. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. PowerTalk 21® is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, using the proven strategies of Power of Parents® to reduce the risk of underage drinking. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 8.6 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.