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Karen Mertes’ Story of Triumph Shared by MADD

Every day in America, another 29 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. That’s one person every 50 minutes. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) picked up Karen Mertes’ story of triumph late last year and shared it with the world.

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Here is an excerpt from the MADD write-up on Karen Mertes:
“In every situation we have a choice, to stay a victim or become victorious despite all odds. I chose to be better, not bitter.” The driver that made the choice to drink and drive and injured Karen, continued to make choices that harmed him. Before the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) results came back, he fled the state. The news was heart breaking. As she continued to face new challenges head-on and find ways to embrace her TBI, the person that caused so much pain and suffering chose to flee his problems and not be accountable for his actions.”
For the entire article, click here: https://www.madd.org/blog/karen-mertes/
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NYE Drinking and Driving Statistics – Share with your family & friends before they head out to celebrate!

When it comes to drinking, driving should never be an option. Before you get behind the wheel this NYE after a few drinks think again. It is a commonly known fact that there are more alcohol related car accidents on New Year’s Eve than most other nights. Compared to the average weekend night, the 12-hour window between 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 6 a.m. on Jan. 1 tends to have about 71% more crashes where alcohol or drugs are listed as a contributing factor.

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  • With an average of 140 deaths (based on statistics from 2002 to 2008), New Year’s Day is the second most deadly day for drivers
  • January 1st is the day of the year with the highest percent of deaths related to alcohol from 2008-12
  • Number of people killed in drunk driving crashes in New Year’s 2013: 140
  • Number expected to be killed this New Year’s: 156

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Think You Can Beat a Breathalyzer? Check out these myths!

When it comes to drinking, driving should never be an option. Before you get behind the wheel this holiday season after a few drinks and think you have some hacks to beat a breathalyzer test – think again. Here are three debunked myths on how to beat a breathalyzer test —

Myth: When it comes to penalties, it’s better to not submit to a breathalyzer

Fact: Most states have what’s called an ‘Implied Consent’ law. That means by accepting a drivers license in your state, you agree to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test if a police officer suspects you of drinking and driving. If you refuse to submit to the breathalyzer, you could receive an additional charge and still lose your drivers license or be required to install an ignition interlock device.

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Myth: Hyperventilating before you submit to a breathalyzer will affect your results and give you a lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC)

Fact: It’s impossible to alter the reading of a breathalyzer by breathing in a different way, just like hyperventilating before you breath into an ignition interlock will affect whether you pass or fail.

Myth: After I sleep off the alcohol, I’ll be OK to drive

Fact: If you drink approximately 5 drinks all in a row and you fall asleep for 5 hours, when you wake up you would most likely still blow over the legal limit on a breathalyzer. Why? You’d have to wait 10 hours to fully metabolize 5 alcohol drinks, so going to sleep is no guarantee you won’t be drunk when you wake up.

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Holiday Season Drinking Dangers | Cracking Drinking Myths

As we’re gearing up for the holiday season, parties are being held and drinks are being poured. Resist the urge to drive home after having “just a few” this holiday season. Don’t put your life and the lives of others in your hands by getting behind the wheel.

Here are 11 facts about drinking and driving from dosomething.org

  1. Impairment is not reliant upon the type of alcohol consumed, rather the number of drinks over a certain period of time. Despite myths and misconceptions, coffee, a cold shower, or exercise will not make a person more sober; only time will.
  2. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest.
  3. Every 51 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. That equates to 27 people every day. Offer to be your parents’ designated driver to ensure that everybody gets home safe. Sign up for Parents Ride Shotty.
  4. For drivers under 21, the U.S. has a No Tolerance policy that does not allow any alcohol to be in the blood system while behind the wheel. The consequences could include expensive fines, loss of license or jail.
  5. Someone is injured in a drunk driving incident every 120 seconds.drunk_driving
  1. In 2011, 9,878 people were victims of drunk drivers.
  2. Between 50 to 75% of the people who have had their licenses revoked due to driving under the influence drive illegally without their license.
  3. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and roughly 1/3 of these accidents involve alcohol or another substance.
  4. Since the early 1980s, alcohol-related traffic deaths per population have been cut in half with the greatest proportional declines among persons 16-20 years old.
  5. In 2010, of the fatalities among children ages 14 and younger, 17 percent occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
  6. Kids and teens who get involved with alcohol at a young age are 7 times more likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lives.

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The Sobering Look Behind The Effects of Drunk Driving

Not many people think about what could happen when they drive drunk. You could not only ruin your live, but the lives of those in your vehicle and ones that you could possible have a collision with.

According to the CDC, about 1 in 3 traffic deaths in the United States involve drunk drivers. From 2003-2012, 8,476 drunk driving deaths occurred in the state of Florida. Although sobering statistics have the power to encourage better choices in drivers, sometimes putting a face to the figures is much more effective, and real.

karen-mertes-jacqui-saburidoTake the story of Jacqueline Saburido for example, who was burned alive by a drunk driver. Jacqueline is one of the most popular faces for drunk driving.

On September 19th, 1999, 20-year-old Jacqueline was involved in a fatal car crash along with four other friends. The group of friends were leaving a birthday party when their car was hit head-on by an 18-year-old drunk driver, who was traveling home after partying with friends.

The car in which Jacqueline rode in caught fire, causing her to suffer third degrees burns over 60% of her body. The burns were so severe that she experienced the loss of her skin, hair, nose, ears, and much of her vision. Altogether, she had endured over 120 operations.

Two of her friends were killed in the crash.

karen-mertes-jacqui-saburido-2Since being severely burned and disfigured in the crash, Jacqueline has bravely shared her story across America. In 2003, she made her first television appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, giving new meaning to what it means to be beautiful from the inside out.

She was later revealed as one of Oprah’s all-time favorite guests, of the 30,000 individuals she’s interviewed throughout the years. Her story continues to inspire many.

Jacqueline is not only the face of drunk drinking, but the face of survival.


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Kind Words for Karen Mertes from MADD

Recently, Karen received a hand-written thank you note from the point of contact at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) that she has been working with —
“Thank you for sharing your story with us.  Your determination and drive are really inspiring.  You have touched many lives, including mine.  I know that your story changes people and will continue to help us fulfill our mission of working towards 0 victims.
Regards,
Viridiana Medellin, National Victim Services Specialist, Mothers Against Drunk Driving”
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Karen shares her story to inspire others that there is hope after tragedy. Check out Karen’s entire spotlight with MADD here.

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The Responsible Driving Campaign (RDC) – Karen Mertes Spotlight

The Responsible Driving Campaign (RDC) will continue to focus on informing/reinforcing El Paso Sector Employee’s responsibility while operating a vehicle.
Voices of Victims: Air Force Service Member Karen Mertes
By MADD July 5, 2017
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Karen, a Lieutenant Colonel serving in the United States Air Force, was driving the speed limit on the interstate when she was struck from behind by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph. The axle in Karen’s car snapped in half, and her vehicle’s undercarriage dragged creating sparks on the interstate for several hundreds of feet.Karen survived the crash but sustained multiple brain bleeds and was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Her memory, cognitive functioning, and personality were all impacted. Karen remembers looking at herself in the mirror and no longer recognizing who she was.
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M. (n.d.). Voices of Victims: Air Force Service Member Karen Mertes.
A DUI is extremely costly. It is putting your life and the community we swore to protect at risk.
 
·       Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash
·       On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime
·       Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes
 
Call a ride, have a plan;  it is a mistake that cannot be undone.  

 

The RDC is for you, your family’s and community’s safety.

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