New challenges, new solutions

EDITOR’S NOTE: In observance of National Crime Victims Rights Week, the Daily Press will be publishing articles throughout the week authored by agencies which support the victims of crime locally. Today’s column is by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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ESCANABA – Although some may think drunk driving is no longer a problem on our roadways, it is a fact that in the Upper Peninsula, 82 people have died in the past five years in drunk driving crashes.

It is a fact that in the past five years, 1192 people have been injured in our region in drunk driving crashes.

It is a fact that one in every three of us will likely have our lives impacted by drunk driving.

The data tells us that drunk driving is clearly, still very much a problem

Life is forever changed after an impaired driving crash. Victim/survivors are often left bereaved, injured and financially devastated. With the emotional, financial and legal issues they face on a daily basis, victim/survivors need support to confront the challenges that lie ahead.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is an organization determined to make a difference in the lives of those victimized by impaired driving. MADD recognizes its fundamental responsibility as giving a voice to victim/survivors who have been affected by this violent crime. In doing so, MADD acknowledges the reality of their losses and helps them in their healing process.

New Challenges. New Solutions is the theme for the 2013 National Crime Victims Rights Week. Representatives at MADD would like to hear from you if you or a loved one has been involved in an alcohol-related crash. MADD has literature and support available not only for the injured person but also for those in their family and circle of support. We can help you and those you love learn how to best cope with the changes resulting from the incident. We offer these supportive resources to everyone touched by the crash – friends, family, and neighbors – anyone whose life has been impacted. Whether you are family or friend, acquaintance or coworker, we can help you.

If you are a victim/survivor in need of support, please call Betsy Harris at 906-474-9346, 800-323-6233, or email