Mothers Against Drunk Driving
You may have noticed that MADD is one of the Twitter accounts I follow. That is because I am committed to increasing my support of their mission:
To end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.
May 2017 was the 20th anniversary of a drunk driver hitting me. It was Mother's Day weekend 1997, Dave and I had been married less than a year, and I was just minutes from home following a grad class. I think I remember something crossing the double yellow line just north of Mack's Ice Cream in Dover. I do remember mechanically repeating my birth date as the EMTs continually asked my age, and I do remember asking my husband if the Flyer's had won their game when I first knew he was in the emergency room!
At that point, though, I didn't know I wouldn't return to school for the remainder of the year, my nose didn't exist, and I couldn't lift my right leg. I didn't know my summer would be filled with rehab sessions and doctor, dental and legal appointments. And, I certainly didn't know all of this was caused by a driver with a blood alcohol content of .225%.
I hope sharing my story and photos will serve as a reminder to students (and adults) to make responsible decisions themselves and advocate for others to do the same. Students may also want to participate in SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) at the high school.
Upcoming MADD Events
Photos: The Results of Drunk Driving