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Mission Moment – August 2022

Officer Karl McDonough

August 2022 Mission Moment

Officer Karl McDonough’s Line of Duty Death in 2010 Continues to Motivate our August Officer of the Month

On October 12, 2010, Officer Karl McDonough was killed when his patrol car was struck by a vehicle being operated by a drunk driver.

Officer McDonough and another officer were on patrol and were traveling south on Zaragoza Road. As they passed through the intersection at Saul Kleinfeld Drive, their patrol car was struck by the other vehicle. The patrol car was pushed into a light pole and Officer McDonough was killed. His partner was seriously injured.

The driver was arrested and charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

Officer McDonough had served with the El Paso Police Department for four years and had served previously with the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, four children, parents, and brother.

Editor’s note:  Officer McDonough was the partner of MADD’s August 2022 Officer of the Month.  Please see the Officer of the Month article for more information of how his legacy lives on and continues to motivate other officers.

The offender in this case was ultimately convicted of Manslaughter, Aggravated Assault and DWI. The offender was probation eligible; he was sentenced to seven years’ probation and six months to serve in jail.

Guest Author – August 2022

Sheriff Brad Cole

A Missouri Sheriff Reminds us of the Dangers of Impaired Driving

Sheriff Brad Cole
Christian County, Missouri
National Sheriff’s Association
Traffic Safety Committee Vice Chair

Driving under the influence is a huge problem in our country. In the United States, almost 30 people die every day in crashes that involve a driver impaired by alcohol. That’s at least one death an hour. There are over 100 million self-reported instances of alcohol-impaired driving every year, and over a million drivers are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. A third of all fatal car crashes involve an intoxicated person. Most incidents involved alcohol, but other drugs are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle deaths. The cost of these crashes reaches into the tens of billions each year.

What constitutes drunk driving is standard across the country. Every state in the U.S. has adopted .08% BAC (blood alcohol concentration) as the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle for adults 21 and over. If you’re under 21, you are not allowed to drive with any level of alcohol in your system.

Even though the legal amount is .08% BAC, smaller amounts of alcohol can still impact driving ability. At a BAC of .02, a person’s visual functioning declines and ability to multitask is hampered. Judgment is impaired and they may be too relaxed. At a BAC of .05, eye movement, reaction time, and information processing are all slowed. You may have difficulty steering and be less coordinated. At a BAC of .08, your reasoning and perception are highly impaired. You might not be able to control the speed of the vehicle and your reaction time and vision can also be poor.

It can be difficult to assess how much alcohol puts you above the legal limit. Factors such as medication, weight, gender, body type, and food intake can all affect your ability to pass a blood alcohol test. So, if you’re wondering how many drinks you can have and legally drive, the best and safest answer is zero.

Never plan on your ability to make wise decisions when intoxicated. That’s why it’s best to plan ahead and remove any chance of driving with a BAC. Let’s look at a few safe and easy options to prevent drunk driving and plan ahead.

Find your designated driver. Designate a driver who will not drink before you go out. Never assume that someone will volunteer, and make sure that you don’t put all the responsibility on the same person every time. If you feel guilty, offer to buy their dinner or to pay for gas. If you’re going out by yourself or don’t have a ride home, then prearrange a ride beforehand. Set an alarm on your phone to call a friend or hire a ride home.

Hold each other accountable. When you do go out with friends, coworkers, or family, plan with friends to hold each other accountable. Encourage each other to drink water in between alcoholic beverages. If they’ve been drinking, take their keys away from them. Call a cab or offer to give them a ride to pick their car up in the morning.

Be a responsible host. If you’re hosting your own gathering, offer nonalcoholic beverages and make sure everyone has a safe ride home. Monitor your own drinking to ensure that you help guests make safe choices. By being responsible, you can model that you don’t have to drink excessively or at all to have a good time.

Plan alcohol-free activities. Plan activities with friends and family that don’t always involve drinking. Whether it’s being active, enjoying good conversation, exploring a new place, or visiting your favorite spot, you don’t need alcohol to make the evening a memorable one. You’ll save money, you’ll feel energized the next day, and you’ll be sure to make it home safely.

Officer of the Month – August 2022

Officer Andy Rodriquez

August 2022 Officer of the Month

Officer Andy Rodriquez
El Paso, Texas Police Department

MADD proudly recognizes Officer Andy Rodriquez of the El Paso Police Department as our Officer of the Month for August 2022.  Officer Rodriquez has been with the El Paso Police Department for 19 years.

During his career with the El Paso Police Department, he has been part of many facets of the department to include the DWI Task Force and Special Traffic Investigations (STI) Unit.  He has worked hard to help keep the community safe from impaired driving. Officer Rodriguez has returned to DWI Task Force and is a resident expert in providing support to his fellow officers and colleagues.

Officer Rodriguez also helps provide impaired driving educational presentations at MADD Victim Impact Panels and in the community.  In addition, in the months of June and July, he provided presentations to the following groups and organizations: Watch Ur BAC, Texas A&M Agriculture, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Municipal Police Officers Association, El Paso Police Department’s Intoxilyzer School, Fort Bliss Military Police and several Texas Independent School Districts.

Officer Rodriguez has been recognized locally by MADD. Officer Rodriguez truly has a passion to protect the community from impaired driving. His partner, Officer Karl McDonough was killed in a drunk driving crash in 2010. On the day of Officer McDonough’s crash, Officer Rodriguez was off duty celebrating his son’s birthday, or he too would have been in the patrol unit. Years later, Officer Rodriguez was preforming SFSTs on suspected drunk driver when he was struck and injured by another drunk driver.  Officer McDonough’s death and this incident only solidified his passion to end the violent and preventable crime of impaired driving.

MADD National is proud to recognize Officer Andy Rodriquez as the August 2022 Officer of the Month.  We thank him for his many years of dedicated service to the citizens of El Paso, the State of Texas.  We wish him the best in safety and wellness in the remaining years of his career and service to the citizens of the El Paso.

Thank you to MADD’s Vanessa Luna-Marquez for her nomination of Officer Rodriquez 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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