April is Alcohol Awareness Month and the kickoff for MADD’s PowerTalk 21 Initiative

Did you know that there were 6,624 alcohol related crashes, 272 alcohol related fatalities and 22 alcohol related teen driver fatalities (age 15-20) in Virginia in 2020?  (Source: VA DMV).

We know that at least one study has shown that underage drinking is associated with problematic drinking and driving as an adult. Get informed! Check out this VA DMV Teen Driver Safety FAQ on the VA DMV website.  And check out these Parent and Teen resources on MADD’s website.




Impaired Driving Stories in the News

3/28/22 Darryl J. Patterson, 34, Newport News

3/24/22 Daniel Frank Shomette, 67, Fauquier

3/5/22 Katherine Ann Reyes, 20, Fairfax

2/28/22 Seth Jon Slaby, 37, Fauguier

MADD Around VA 

Volunteers Brian Fitzgerald and Vanessa Haislip participated in roadside checkpoints in Henrico County in February and in March.

Joshua Cagney spoke at a James Madison University SafeRides event on March 2.

Legendary Law Enforcement: Officer Bertram

We are excited to highlight Officer Bertram of the Virginia Beach Police Department. Officer Bertram is a two-time winner of MADD’s Law Enforcement Recognition Award, an honor bestowed upon officers with high DUI arrest counts.

Learn more about Officer Bertram in this short video: 


MADD Mid-Atlantic is happy to partner with the Virginia DMV to make this newletter!