M.A.D.D. to host drunken/drugged driving Awareness Event, May 26

FLINT — The spotlight will be on drunk/drugged driving as a continuing issue, May 26, at the Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First St. in downtown Flint.

Genesee County M.A.D.D. invites families that have lost loved ones in impaired-driving crashes to visit between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that day. They can hang a card with the names on the M.A.D.D. remembrance tree.

Two-hundred seventy-one persons died in alcohol/drug-related crashes last year in Michigan. Twelve of these fatalities happened in crashes within Genesee County.

While the number of Americans killed in these crashes has fallen by more than half since M.A.D.D. was formed in 1980, someone dies in an alcohol/drug-related crash every 51 minutes.

Information will be shared about Michigan House Bill 4078, which would require drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicles. If passed, those drivers could not start their vehicle before blowing into the breathalyzer on the device. Currently, thirty states require that such devices be mandatory. Michigan only requires them for higher levels of impairment.

Details: Call 810-953-9854. — G.G.

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