Hitting the road to make them safer

The past few weeks have been very busy and filled with variety.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions invited me to join others from around the country in Washington on June 20th and 21st for the first-ever National Summit Crime Reduction and Public Safety Summit.  Both Sessions and Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the group.  It was encouraging that MADD was included, acknowledging that drunk driving is a violent crime that can be prevented.

A flight to Reno, Nevada brought me to the Annual Conference and Exhibition of the National Sheriffs’ Association on June 23rd though the 25th.  More than 1,000 people attended the meeting.  I had the honor of presenting to the Youth and Juvenile Justice Committee.

Then, two days later, I was in Georgia giving a presentation on MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® during a Summit for the Governor’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

The next day, I was literally all over Georgia with Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and Colonel Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. By helicopter, we flew from Augusta to Savannah to Macon to Albany.  Each stop was part of the Kick-Off for Operation Zero Tolerance, a high visibility enforcement program that targets impaired drivers through concentrated patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

 The last month has been a whirlwind, but all worth it if we can move closer to a day when there are NO MORE VICTIMS®.  

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