October 2018 e-newsletter


NHTSA 2017 Traffic Fatality Data Released


According to NHTSA:

  • 37,133 people died in traffic crashes in 2017 in the US
  • 10,874 were due to drunk driving
  • Drunk driving accounted for 29 percent of traffic-related deaths
  • Drunk driving deaths decreased 1.1 percent from 2016
  • In both 2015 and 2016, drunk driving deaths and overall traffic fatalities had increased over the previous year
  • In 2017, the number of overall traffic deaths decreased by 1.8 percent (37,806 in 2016).

In Virginia there were 246 Alcohol related crashes in 2017, compared to 223 in 2016, an increase of @10%. Link to NHTSA publication with state data here.



MADD Victim Impact Panel Now Available Online


Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) Victim Impact Panel® program brings together the criminal justice system and those directly or indirectly affected by drunk and drugged driving crashes and underage drinking. Speakers may be bereaved or injured victims, and may also include victim families, first responders or substance abuse/treatment representatives.


The Victim Impact Panel program follows a restorative justice model by allowing crime victims a healing opportunity by talking about the crime’s impact upon themselves, their families, friends, and the community as a whole.  More information about how Victim Impact Panels work hereLink to registration here.




MADD National is sponsoring a Red Ribbon Week Promotional Contest to encourage middle/high school and underage college students to Say NO to Alcohol as a group. Your team or club can enter to win $500!  Take a group photo and share with #ProtectURSquad.   The contest runs Oct 1 -31. Look for more details soon at MADDs Power of Youth webpage here or MADDs twitter account here. See contest rules here.




Mon. 11/19/18 at 7 pm, Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond – FREE admission. 2017 pictures here.


Thurs. 11/29/18 is the Tie One On For Safety Press Conference, Richmond Ford West. 2017 pictures here.


Tues. 12/4/18 at 7pm, Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope.

Founders Inn, Virginia Beach – Free Admission. 2017 pictures here.



Impaired Driving Stories in the News                


9/24/18 Connor Smith, 21, Botetourt

9/22/18 William Cody Johnson, 25, Chesterfield


Portsmouth Police Officer Charged with DUI

Portsmouth Delegate Charged with DUI

Underage Colonial Heights Woman Killed in NC Crash - Man who provided Alcohol Charged

Commonwealth v. Mary-Ann Lee; Drunk Driver Severely Injures Motorcyclist; Sentenced to Max of 5 Years

Chesapeake Woman Found Guilty in Crash


MADD Around VA


Northern Virginia Walk Like MADD was held Saturday Oct. 13, 2018 at the Herndon Police Department. BIG heartfelt THANKS to the Herndon Police, our hosts and to all of the participants, volunteers and supporters, especially to our top fundraisers shown above: Sue Baldassari won in the category of Top Fundraiser, David Kelly won as the Top Friends and Family Fundraising Team and MPO Clinton Beach of the Fairfax County Police Department won for the Top Law Enforcement Fundraising Team.


Richmond Regional Law Enforcement Award Ceremony was held Oct 1st. Pictures of all winners here.


Volunteer Susan Cleveland, with her audience for a Power of Parents underage drinking prevention presentation in Loudoun.


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