MADD.org – Tie One On For Safety
Desert Car Care Center of Chandler and MADD want you to “Tie One On For Safety®” to ensure the safety of our community during the holiday season by raising awareness of drunk driving. This year we dedicate this event to the memory of fallen Police Officer Payne, part of the East Valley DUI Task Force. The Pledge to Drive Sober kick-off event is Tuesday, December 16.
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, 2015
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.
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.
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 Centers are leaders in the automotive industry and an award winning shop with ASE Certified Master Technicians. We use state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology and provide you with warranties on both parts and labor. Named 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.