The number of drunk driving fatalities can be high during the holidays, particularly between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That is why Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is kicking off its “Tie One On For Safety” public awareness project. The campaign, starting in November and lasting throughout the holiday season, brings awareness to the dangers of drinking and driving, particularly during the holidays. You can show your support for the cause by getting involved in the campaign and encouraging your loved ones to do the same.
What is the “Tie One On For Safety” Campaign?
MADD knows that people enjoy going to parties, dinners and other social events during the holidays and that many of these events involve drinking alcohol. The “Tie One On For Safety” campaign encourages holiday partygoers to designate a non-drinking driver before the night begins to make sure everyone make it home safely.
The phrase “tie one on” refers to drinking alcohol, but the organization uses it to alert people to the fact that drinking and driving is a dangerous and often deadly combination.
What Can I Do To Get Involved?
MADD encourages you and your loved ones to get involved with the organization’s longest running public awareness project by doing the following:
Find a Designated Driver
Before the drinking begins, decide which person in your group will be the designated driver for the evening. This person will refrain from drinking alcohol altogether and will be responsible for ensuring that everybody gets home safely at the end of the night. Encourage the designated driver to stay sober and be sure there are non-alcoholic alternatives to drink throughout the night.
Be a Responsible Host
If you are hosting a party or other social gathering this holiday season, do your part to make sure your guests do not get behind the wheel after drinking. Make sure to have “mocktails” and other non-alcoholic beverages for those who will be driving home. If a guest has been drinking, find them a place to spend the night or find them a ride home.
Show Your Support
Display MADD red ribbons, magnets, and window decals at home, work, school, on your vehicle, and on your clothing. You may also get involved “virtually” by sharing one of the “Tie One On For Safety” buttons on social media.
These items serve as a pledge to drive safe and sober and to show support for the police officers who are keeping our roads safe from drunk drivers during the campaign. By showing your support, you set an example for your children, friends, family, and others in the community.
The MADD organization encourages you to get involved by donating your time and money to the cause. You can start a fundraiser, donate money online, or participate in one of the many MADD events nationwide. Survivors of drunk driving accidents, as well as families of those killed by drunk drivers, can create a tribute page through the MADD website to honor those who suffered and to encourage others to donate.
Report Drunk Drivers
If you observe someone drinking and driving this holiday season, take the appropriate steps to report them.
Why is the Tie One On Campaign Important?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 28 people die every day in accidents involving a drunk driver. In 2015, over 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in the United States, many of whom were children. These alcohol-impaired driving deaths make up nearly 30 percent of U.S. traffic-related fatalities.
The Tie One On campaign focuses on drunk driving, specifically during the holiday season, when people have the tendency to drink more frequently due to the large number of celebrations and social gatherings. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are some of the most dangerous days of the year for drunk driving deaths. Get involved this holiday season and make sure that you and your loved ones do not drink and drive.
Also see our previous blog on the Tie One On For Safety 2015 campaign.