Walk Like MADD 2010 Recap
Steve and I wanted to take this opportunity to send a heartfelt thank you to each of you, who “participated” in the “Walk Like MADD” event on September 25th in Long Beach. As you can see from the collage, “Whitney’s All Stars” were definitely well represented. This year we had a record number of participants –168-and really a lot of young people, which was our main goal.
Thanks to the 93 walkers!
Thanks to the 75 who supported our efforts as virtual walkers!
Thanks to those who also supported MADD’s education and outreach efforts by making a donation! Whitney’s All Stars raised a total of $7301 in donations, which will be used by MADD in their community education efforts.
As you know, the purpose of the walk was to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. We were glad to have so many teenagers walking with us and we were very impressed with them. We spoke to them and relayed the horrors of drunk driving—not just for the victim, but for the victim’s family and for the individual who chooses to drive drunk. This year, three police officers also added their comments on drunk driving and good decision making. We hope this conversation was meaningful for young and old alike; it truly is all about making responsible decisions and these deaths truly are avoidable. If we can spare even one family the horror we have experienced, then it will be worth all our efforts!
AB 91, authored by Assemblyman Feuer, passed into law a 5-year pilot program in Los Angeles, Alameda, Sacramento and Tulare counties. The pilot program will run July 1, 2010 to January 16, 2016 and will make it mandatory for first time DUI offenders to install an interlock device on their car which will prevent them from driving drunk. Had this law been in effect, the young 20 year old man who hit and killed Whitney might not have been behind the wheel in November 2006.
Nationally, drunk driving fatalities have declined 7.4 % to 10,839 in 2009 from 11,711 in 2008. But there is still much to be done. In CA, an average of 28 men, women and children are killed each day due to impaired driving crashes and hundreds more are seriously injured. Sadly, all of these deaths were preventable.
Thank you for taking this journey with us. You will never know how much your support means to us.
Marlene and Steve Young