We Honor Chandler Police Officer David Payne,
Part of the East Valley DUI Task Force who was Killed by a Drunk Driver in 2014
Desert Car Care Center of Chandler and MADD Phoenix partner for 4th annual “Tie One On For Safety®” public awareness campaign to remind the community to always designate a non-drinking driver. We again honor and dedicate our efforts to Chandler Police Officer David Payne, part of the East Valley DUI Task Force, who took part in our 2013 campaign and was tragically killed when hit by a drunk driver on October 31, 2014.
From December 13 through December 31, come to Desert Car Care Center and sign the Pledge to Drive Sober and receive a “Tie One On For Safety®” MADD decal, a free set of windshield wiper blades and a voucher for 20% off any repair or service up to $100.00 through January 31, 2017.
Monday, December 13
Desert Car Care of Chandler
95 North Dobson Road, Chandler
Pledge To Drive Sober: This holiday season, I give my family, my friends and myself the gift of life. I pledge to not drink and drive or ride with an impaired driver, let my friends drink and drive or ride with an impaired driver, and to always wear my seatbelt. I make the commitment to always have a designated driver.
ABOUT: For more information call 480-726-6400.
Those who sign the pledge, through December 31, will receive a “Tie One On For Safety®” MADD Ribbon, a free set of windshield wiper blades and a voucher for 20% off any repair or service up to $100.00 through January 31, 2017
Help us spread the message this holiday season by sharing our “Tie One On For Safety®” button on Facebook and Twitter. *Note – complimentary gifts for on-site visit pledges only.
According to a news article in the Arizona Republic, Officer Payne was killed shortly after midnight Oct. 31 when his motorcycle was rear-ended as he waited for a light at Chandler Boulevard and Pennington Drive in Chandler. Police and safety officials describe the suspect in his death, Brian Yazzie, as the sort of chronically impaired driver that troubles them the most. Yazzie had a blood-alcohol content of .29 percent, more than three times the .08 percent limit at which Arizona drivers are presumed impaired under state law.
Last year in Arizona, 281 people were killed — 30 of those were killed during the five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day — in alcohol-related crashes. The average Blood Alcohol Consumption (BAC) of the 30,000 people arrested in Arizona for DUI was 0.151 – nearly DOUBLE the legal limit. Although the “legal BAC limit” is set at .08, Arizona has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to DUI. You can be arrested for DUI by being “impaired to the slightest degree”. In Arizona, a DUI can cost a first-time offender about $10,000.
Some of the most dangerous days of the year on our nation’s roadways are between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That is why every holiday season MADD asks you to display a MADD red ribbon in a visible location to remind others to always designate a non-drinking driver.
Tips to keep your family & friends safe this season:
- · Promote the non-drinking designated driver concept in party invitations.
- · Host parties by providing alternate transportation or accommodation.
- · Have bedrooms and your sofa ready for those who need to spend the night.
- · Provide plenty of food, yet avoid too many salty snacks, which tend to make people thirsty and drink more.
- · Designate a non-drinking driver BEFORE the celebration begins.
“The accidents that happen are preventable and we can’t remind people enough, especially around the festive holiday season, to make the commitment to have a designated driver,” states Frank Leutz, CEO of Desert Car Care Chandler.
Desert Car Care of Chandler is a leader in the automotive industry and an award winning shop with ASE Certified Master Technicians. Named 2015 and 2014 East Valley Tribune’s Get Out Best of Chandler, 2013 “Angie’s List” Super Service Award recipient, 2012 Phoenix Business Journal “Best Places to Work,” 2012 Motor Age Magazine “Top Shops” nominee, members of Chandler Chamber of Commerce, NARPRO (Network of Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals), ASA (Automotive Service Assoc. of Arizona) IATN (International Automotive Technicians Network) and the Better Business Bureau. Frank Leutz, COO, is the President of the ASA Phoenix Chapter with over 150 members. Frank is also a media expert for local television news on all things automotive.