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Mission Moment – January 2022

Stacy Gammons-Ankerfelt

A Sister’s Heartache Lights a Passion to Fight
By: Ashley Bonus

I started my journey with MADD in 2012 when my sister, Stacy Gammons-Ankerfelt, was killed by a impaired driver. I hope one day I can be half the woman my sister was, she was one in a million, not just because she was my big sister but because she truly was changing the world with every life she touched. Stacy was the epitome of happiness. She spread love and kindness wherever she went. My mother always described Stacy as her “miracle baby” and said she showed how gifted she was early on in life.

Over the years she received a Presidential award at 10 for placing fourth in the country in an academic contest, Odyssey of the Mind. She graduated at the head of her 2002 Auburn Riverside High School class with honors and graduated from the University of Washington as the single student on the Dean’s list all four years.


Stacy and Jason

Stacy married her high school sweetheart, Jason in 2007 and couldn’t wait to start the family they had always dreamed of. She was a huge football fan and never missed a Seahawks game. Stacy was 28 years old, had just finished her master’s degree in teaching and her first year at her new school Scenic Hill Elementary.

Teaching was her true passion, she put her whole heart and soul into it. One of the many benefits of teaching was having summer’s off but Stacy used her free time to take homemade sack lunches to all her low-income students because she couldn’t let them go hungry. She always said you become a teacher not for the income but for the outcome. She was so humble and never needed any recognition for all the good things she did. She found happiness in seeing her students succeed. Stacy had a lot of plans for the future and that was all gone in an instant. One selfish and 100% preventable act changed our lives forever.

A poem written by Stacy

Aunt Stacy

On July 19, 2012, Stacy was heading out to get school supplies for the upcoming year when she was struck right outside her home by an SUV and thrown more than 30 feet. The driver was under the influence of a prescription drug called suboxone, which was taken to treat withdrawal symptoms of an oxycodone addiction. This man was in his early twenties and already a repeat offender for driving under the influence. After suffering multiple fractures and a traumatic brain injury she was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. After countless surgeries she passed away exactly one month later. I had been through a lot of hardships, loss and sadness over the years but up until that point I had never felt a pain so intense in my chest, I actually felt my heart break. I couldn’t even imagine the pain my parents were feeling. I went home that night and explained to my boys, who were three and six at the time, that Auntie Stacy was never coming home.

Not long after that we started our journey for justice and it was not easy. After months of delays, Stacy’s case was one of the first to be tried under the new law at the time in King County and he was sentenced to 102 months in jail. Of course, no time is equivalent to all we lost but at least we knew he would be prosecuted to the max penalty. It was hard for our family day after day to sit in a courtroom looking at this man who selfishly took Stacy from us, a man who showed no remorse. I was filled with anger and grief, but I tried to think like Stacy. She had always believed in the goodness in people; she didn’t have a single ounce of negativity in her body. She would want him to use this lesson to better himself. Unfortunately, he didn’t. He only had to serve five years of his sentence and has since re-offended.

My heartache lit a passion in me to fight. I believe there is no such thing as an accident when it comes to driving under the influence and I’ve made it my mission to make a change for Stacy. I know our story is not easy for people to hear but it needs to be told. The numbers continue to rise and these aren’t just statistics, they are people. I refuse to let my sister be just another sad headline. Nobody talks about the ripple effect left behind by a loss so great, none of us were ever the same. Every milestone in life since has been somewhat shadowed by grief. I catch myself daydreaming about the life we could’ve had.

Guest Author – January 2022

Time to Reengage Traffic Safety Efforts

Chief Raymond Davis, Ret.
Egg Harbor Township Police Department
Region 2 Law Enforcement Liaison
New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police
On assignment to NHTSA

Reducing motor vehicle crash deaths was one of the great public health achievements of the 20th century and good news for communities across the United States; however, these downward trends have suddenly been reversed. Preliminary data from the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows fatalities in 2020 are up more than 7%, compared with 2019. This dramatic increase in roadway fatalities is the most significant surge since 2007. The increase occurred even though the total vehicle miles traveled reportedly decreased by 14%. Preliminary data for the first three months of 2021 show the increase in fatalities rose another 10.5%, while vehicle miles traveled decreased an additional 2.1%. These increases come as traffic stops and citations have decreased dramatically. Recent data reveals a traffic enforcement decline of more than 50% in some states.

With the health and safety of law enforcement officers being paramount, the reduction in enforcement activity during the COVID-19 crisis is understandable. Another concern, which compounds the pandemic effects, is the continual negative narrative towards law enforcement. Law enforcement is most effective when its authority is recognized, supported by the community, and followed willingly. Demonstrating competence, which is recognized and appreciated by those served, is a behavior that can increase law enforcement effectiveness.

Many dedicated officers work to reduce deaths and injuries from traffic crashes.  Their efforts can immediately and positively affect traffic-safety management of education, engagement, enforcement, and equity efforts.

Educate the public on traffic crashes and their causes by using ready-made materials such as Products for Enforcement Action Kits (PEAK).  These media kits, along with other materials, are available on the NHTSA website (TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov).  In addition, many State Highway Safety Offices have similar personalized materials available.

Engage the public through diverse groups that are representative of your community.   Law enforcement can positively affect traffic fatalities and injuries by developing equitable partnerships with community coalitions and support from traffic safety advocacy groups.  Your state highway safety office, AAA, MADD, and law enforcement traffic associations are great resources.  Another resource is the law enforcement liaisons (LEL) at the state and regional levels.  Each NHTSA region has a Regional LEL who can provide information regarding helpful resources for your jurisdiction.  Each state has an LEL structure that is also ready to assist law enforcement. You can find contact information for your state on the National Law Enforcement Liaison website at www.nlelp.org.

Enforce violations that lead to crashes by utilizing your agency’s data to identify crash contributing factors.  The Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) model was recently updated to consider contemporary topics with a focus on changing behaviors that lead to crashes.

Ensure your actions are equitable with updated training on new innovative strategies that consider all community members’ protection, quality of life, and economics. One example is the “Lights On!” program that replaces the issuance of a ticket with a repair voucher instead.  Also, a good resource is IACP’s Traffic Safety Resource Guide which contains new initiatives and best practices for today’s environment.

A reengaged, professional, competent law enforcement presence that provides a safe environment is desperately needed. The majority of the public trusts and relies on law enforcement and supports traffic safety efforts. Each current law enforcement officer can change the narrative and instill trust by stemming good resource in the rising tide of death and injuries through their demonstrated behavior. Don’t let them down; take action to save lives and prevent injuries.

Officer of the Month – January 2022

Corporal L.C. Jones

MADD January 2022 Officer of the Month
Corporal L.C. Jones
Henrico County Virginia Police Department

MADD National selects Corporal L.C. (Craig) Jones as our Officer of the Month for January 2022. Corporal Jones is with the Henrico County Police Division in Virginia.

Corporal Jones has been a member of the Henrico County Police Division for almost 21 years. In this time, he has been assigned to Patrol Operations and currently serves on the Special Operations Group as a Crash Team Investigator. He has served in this role since early 2017. Corporal Jones has investigated numerous fatal/injury crashes that involve impairment. These crashes involve very complex investigations and countless hours to prepare for trial.

Corporal Jones has served part-time on the DUI Team since 2009. He received the MADD Law Enforcement Award for his impaired driving prevention efforts in Henrico County in 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021. Over the course of his career, he has made a total of 517 arrests for impaired driving. During the last calendar year, he made five impaired driving arrests, one of which was from a fatal crash that involved the family member of a local Henrico County official. This case is still currently awaiting adjudication.

One of Corporal Jones strongest contributions to impaired driving prevention and enforcement is his commitment to education. He serves as the Chief DUI Instructor for the Police Division in Henrico County. He is a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), a certification he attained in 2017, and has remained very active with the program. He is responsible for the successful training of over 30 police recruits this year alone. He has instructed a total of 13 Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) courses with an average of 30 students in each class. This course is designed to help perfect the student’s ability to perform the standardized field sobriety tests and help identify drug impairment. In addition to his ARIDE instruction, Corporal Jones just recently completed instructing his second DRE school. He has instructed 35 students in the DRE course and remains a committed contact when the need arises.

MADD National is proud to recognize Corporal Craig Jones as the January 2022 Officer of the Month. We thank him for his many years of dedicated service to the citizens of Henrico County and the State of Virginia. Thank you to Program Specialist Cristi Cousins in the MADD Virginia Office for her nomination of Corporal Jones 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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