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May 25 11:52 AM

MADD Reminds Drivers that Memorial Day is a Deadly Time for Drunk Driving

Seat Belts are your best defense against drunk drivers

This Memorial Day weekend, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Louisiana urges everyone to designate a non-drinking driver if their holiday plans include alcohol. Drunk driving is completely preventable, yet latest data shows 160 lives lost during this holiday weekend (6pm 05/27/2016 - 5:59am 05/31/2016).

Memorial Day weekend is the beginning of summer when there is typically a rise in all traffic deaths including drunk driving crashes. MADD urges everyone to think ahead if plans include alcohol and use taxis, public transportation, rideshare services or call a non-drinking friend.

Memorial Day is also the start of Click it or Ticket. Law enforcement will be out checking to make sure motorists are buckled, so MADD reminds everyone to wear their seatbelt as this remains a great defense against drunk drivers.

"Memorial Day weekend is a time when we gather to honor our nation's heroes who sacrificed their lives to save ours," said Valerie Cox, Program Director for MADD Louisiana "Please make it a safe weekend as well. If your plans include alcohol, make sure you designate a non-drinking driver.”

Drunk driving deaths are 100 percent preventable, 100 percent of the time. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving is helping create a future with No More Victims®. The campaign includes advocacy for stronger drunk driving laws including ignition interlocks for all offenders; support for high -visibility law enforcement; support for advanced vehicle technologies, and public support for these initiatives.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD has helped to save more than 350,000 lives, reduce drunk driving deaths by more than 50 percent and promote designating a non-drinking driver. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for law enforcement support, ignition interlocks for all offenders and advanced vehicle technology. MADD has provided supportive services to nearly one million drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local victim advocates and the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. Visit www.madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.

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