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Mission Moment – September 2021

Todd Levin

One Mother Continues to Fight in Honor of Her Son

By: Carol Levin

The word family is very important to me because the four of us were a family unit. We did everything together from sports, to music, school band, attended baseball games, and shared our hearts and joys with our boys, Jason and Todd. Being a dad and mom was so wonderful and I guess we always took that for granted.

Todd was our youngest son, and he was so dear and so kind to everyone he met. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He had many close friends and always enjoyed his family and holidays with them. After college, Todd moved away to find a job and lived in Baltimore for a while. He worked for Arbitron and enjoyed his work there but got homesick and wanted to move back to Houston. His brother, Jason and his family, just moved from Lubbock and my mom at the time was also living in Houston. It was joyous to have all my family living in the same town.

Our lives all came to a drastic change in 2006 when Todd and the love of his life were killed by a drunk driver. They were very much in love. Todd was going to meet Raylynn’s brother to ask his permission to marry his sister. They all met for dinner where no alcohol was consumed. Todd and Raylynn were so happy and planning their future together. On their way home from dinner the drunk driver ran a red light and collided with Todd’s vehicle. He was driving and Raylynn was in the passenger seat. The drunk driver was driving 85 miles an hour in a 35 miles per hour zone and twice the .08 blood alcohol limit. He T-boned their car, causing significate injuries’ resulting in their death. Todd had two blows to the head and his heart was ruptured from the shock due to the speed of the collision. Todd died at the scene. Raylynn was completely mangled. They tried to get her to Ben Taub Hospital, but she died on the way. Two innocent lives lost to a drunk driver. The judge sentenced the drunk driver to 10 years for two lives tragically lost.

Todd and Raylynn

I started fighting hard and became Government Affairs Chair for MADD Southeast Texas. I assisted in passing legislation to help get drunk drivers off the road and safe lives. We passed the Texas Interlock Ignition bill in 2015. I am now on a committee that is dedicated in passing federal legislation with MADD in Washington D.C. We are so thrilled to announce we passed our 2021 bills in the Senate, that is the Halt Act and the Ride Act. We will be able to save more lives with this legislation. All part of creating a future of No More Victims!

Each year we have a special event, Walk Like MADD, to honor our loved ones that were killed by drunk drivers, impaired drivers, distracted drivers and those that speed. This is a big year for our team, as we are honoring Todd and Raylynn on the 15th anniversary of their death. We would like to invite you to join us September 25th for the Houston Walk Like MADD event. We are Todd’s Troopers named after Todd. I will close by saying my tag line #SAVEALIFE.


Todd’s Troopers
Guest Author – September 2021

Saving Lives

By: Sheriff Robert P. Mosier

Office of the Sheriff

Fauquier County, VA

When I was a Lieutenant at the Sheriff’s Office in Fauquier County, Virginia, I pulled over a young man, (on his birthday unbeknownst to me until I saw his driver’s license), and arrested him for drunk driving. Many civilians regard twenty-somethings, who drink, as going through a rite of passage. You know, young people turn twenty-one and they can’t wait to drink legally. However, they cannot legally drink and drive, as was evident in this case.

That young man was belligerent, angry, foul-mouthed and disrespectful. I remained respectful, calm and professional despite his attempts to try to provoke me. A few years after that arrest, I was in Bosnia in 1997, serving with the U.S. Department of State’s International Police Task Force, when a reporter from the then Potomac News interviewed me for a series he was writing for his newspaper. He wanted to feature a Virginia officer and I was his subject. Accompanying him for the interview was his photographer, who appeared to be keen to speak to me, but was relatively quiet for most of the Ride Along interview.

Later that afternoon, the photographer finally asked, “You don’t remember me, do you?” With that, he reminded me he was the same young man, the same drunk driver, I arrested that fateful night, a few years before, back in Virginia. He was genuinely happy to see me this time and enthusiastically exclaimed, “You changed my life!” He told me he had given up drinking because of our first encounter and that experience changed his life around.

Now, 24 years later, the story has come full circle. A few weeks ago, I was at a professional dinner and the same gentleman re-introduced himself for the third time. This time, he shared with me that he was working with young people and I cannot help but think what a good role model he is and a great advertisement for everyone to not drink and drive!

As Sir Robert Peel** suggested in his Principles of Law Enforcement, “The police must be stable, efficient and organized” and “No quality is more indispensable to a policeman than a perfect command of temper. A quiet, determined manner has more effect than violent action.” Apparently, it was my calm, but firm demeanor that evening that made an impression on this young professional and made him re-examine his behavior.

I share this story with you because all too often, one reads about the heartbreaking tragedies that result when impaired drivers get behind the wheel of a car. Law enforcement officers encounter impaired drivers much too frequently. We either arrest them before a tragedy takes place or we pick up the pieces after a crash when deaths or maiming occur. The aftermath for victims’ loved ones is devastating. These drivers affect law officers’ lives forever too and so our goal is to prevent such crimes and the disastrous results.

Law enforcement agencies prevent many drunk driving crashes. In fact, MADD recently recognized one of the deputies in our agency for the number of drunk driving arrests she made last year alone. Officers do serve as positive influences in our communities, despite the fact that many organizations and the media often vilify us in today’s world.

Unfortunately, there is much more that we must all do to bring about positive change. After so many years of solid law enforcement efforts to combat drunk driving nationwide, the legalization of marijuana has caused an increase threat of drugged driving. Despite news and social media negativity directed at law enforcement, we will not be discouraged in our efforts to keep our highways and communities safe. The public needs to rally and express to our lawmakers to not dilute our network of tested traffic safety laws, as has happened here in Virginia this year.

Together, we must be undeterred and build a stronger response to prevent maiming and needless loss of life caused by impaired drivers.

**Sir Robert Peel founded modern policing in 1829 with the establishment of the London Metropolitan Police Force. His commissioners developed the Peelian Principles, which established a set of ideals that defined ethical requirements that police officers must abide by in order to police effectively. He served as Prime Minister in the UK twice and was significant in his time for instituting social reform.

Officer of the Month – September 2021

Sergeant Kyle Corbitt

MADD September Officer of the Month

Sergeant Kyle Corbitt

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Shalimar, Florida

MADD National selects Sergeant Kyle Corbitt as our Officer of the Month for September 2021. Sergeant Corbitt has been a sheriff’s deputy for the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office for 8 years and in law enforcement for 14 years.

He currently supervises the Beach/Marine/Dive Team and is very focused on Boating Under the Influence (BUI) enforcement. Their patrol responsibilities include 152 square miles of inland waterways and 270 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico. His team had the highest number of BUI arrests in 2020 for any agency in Florida with 56 BUIs. This year, they have already surpassed that total with 67 BUIs.

Sergeant Corbitt was a nominee for Outstanding BUI enforcement at the MADD Florida Statewide Law Enforcement Recognition event in July 2021.

We are proud to select Sergeant Kyle Corbitt of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office as the MADD September 2021 Officer of the Month. We thank him for his dedication to duty and leadership in making Florida’s waterways and roadways safe. We wish him the best in safety and wellness in the remaining years of his career and service to the citizens of Okaloosa County and the State of Florida.

Thank you to Kristen Allen, Affiliate Executive Director, MADD Florida Northwest & Northeast Offices, for her nomination of Sergeant Corbitt for this recognition.

MADD extends our deepest condolences to the agencies and families who have lost officers and loved ones in the line of duty

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