Campaign against holiday season drunk driving

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- 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 people to display a MADD red ribbon in a visible location to remind others to always designate a non-drinking driver.

Started in 1986, Tie One On For Safety® is MADD’s longest running and most visible public awareness project. The name comes from the phrase “tie one on,” which is slang for drinking alcohol. But at MADD we use the phrase to remind everyone that drinking and driving don’t mix.

In Arizona, the event is dedicated to Chandler police officer David Payne. Payne was killed by a drunk driver in October. He was part of the East Valley Task Force and supporter of the Tie One On For Safety campaign.

Everyone who comes into Desert Car Care of Chandler to sign the Pledge to Drive Sober 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.

Desert Car Care of Chandler
95 North Dobson Road, Chandler
"Tie One On For Safety"

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Tips to keep your family and 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.