MADD Walk 2012

Walk Like MADD 2012 Recap

November 10, 2012

Greetings! It is hard to believe but on October 13th, we completed our 6th Walk Like MADD and “Whitney’s All Stars” were once again well represented. Here is a little recap:

Year Participants $$ for MADD
2012 82 walkers + 88 virtual $8881
2011 95 walkers + 30 virtual $6250
2010 93 walkers + 75 virtual $7301
2009 79 walkers + 94 virtual $6050
2008 135 walkers $6300
2007 95 walkers $6420

We send special thanks to everyone who joined us at the new walk site in Belmont Shores. We really appreciate your presence and support. Kudos to the NCL Peninsula chapter for making the MADD Walk a chapter job, which greatly increased participation. Also, thanks to Ashley Hectus, Jacquie Leimbach and Janice Jaco for photos for the collage.

As you know, the purpose of the walk is to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. We were glad to have so many teenagers walking with us. We spoke to them and relayed the horrors of drunk driving—not just for the victim, or for the victim’s family but for the individual who chooses to drive drunk. We hope this conversation was meaningful for young and old alike—sadly, it is not just the youth who drink and drive. It truly is all about making responsible decisions. Each drunk driving death IS avoidable. If we can spare even one family the horror and grief we have experienced, then it will be worth all our efforts!

The dollars for MADD will be used for education and to provide services to victims. MADD also strives to

  • Increase sobriety checkpoints
  • Make convicted drunk drivers “blow before they go” by passing laws which make ignition interlocks –-or in-car breathalyzers—mandatory for all convicted drunk drivers
  • Turn cars into the cure by developing technology that will stop cars from operating if a driver is above the legal alcohol limit

Did you know???

  • The average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before a first arrest.
  • Every 90 minutes a teen dies as a result of drinking alcohol.
  • 2 million is the number of repeat drunk drivers on our nation’s roads at any given time.
  • CA had 791 DUI fatalities in 2010
  • CA requires ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers in four counties: Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare.

Thank you. You will never know how much your support means to us.


Marlene and Steve Young