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AAIM for Sober Driving December 21, 2009

Posted by Janet Hughes in People reaching the stars.
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No drink is worth it!

Did you know 39% of car crashes that killed people were alcohol related?

Thanks to the non-profit group Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM), there is a great resource available to help both the victims and offenders.

Founded in 1982 by families who had lost loved ones due to drunk driving crashes, AAIM is a citizen action group dedicated to the fight against drinking and driving.  AAIM is committed to prevention by educating the public about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Consider these startling facts from AAIM’s website:

  • Alcohol is a depressant that affects the body by slowing down the central nervous system.
  • All states have .08 illegal BAC laws.  (Blood Alcohol Concentration)
  • At .08, a driver is three times more likely to be involved in a car crash than a sober driver and 11 times more likely to be killed in a single-vehicle crash.
  • More than 1.4 million drivers of all ages were arrested for DUI.
  • Alcohol is the number one drug problem for youth.
  • Drunk driving is a leading cause of death among Americans aged 5 to 28.

Highlights of AAIM’s efforts include:

AAIM also awards $100 to tipsters who report erratic driving to police that leads to drunk driving arrests. Check out AAIM’s Drunkbusters Program here.

Pat Larson, director of victim services and Charlene Chapman, executive director at the 2009 AAIM annual benefit

Thank you, AAIM, for all you do to stop needless pain and suffering.

Your courage and strength is making a difference in the lives of so many people.

May 2010 be filled with sober drivers, safe roads, and lots of success to AAIM’s great cause.

For further information, please visit the AAIM website here.

Remember:   If you drink, don’t drive.
If you drive, don’t drink!

This post is dedicated to two special people I met at the 2009 AAIM benefit:  a mother who lost her 8-year-old son to a drunk driver and a man who drove drunk with tragic results yet turned his life around anyways.  Many hugs to you for your courage, strength, and willingness to share your story.  You’re a hero…

Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible. —Anonymous

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1. Janet Hughes - December 21, 2009

Friends…please remember no drink is worth the mourning after!

Celebrate the holidays and the new year safely…

Thank you for your support of AAIM.

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3. Loran - January 4, 2010

Dear Janet, I just wanted to thank you for the important and committed work that you do so well! I wish you peace and all that is possible in a healthy and happy new year! Loran

4. Janet Hughes - January 6, 2010

Thanks, Loran, for your kind words. All the best to you and yours in 2010, too.

A special note to Pat Larson, Charlene Chapman, AND all the new friends I made at the 2009 AAIM benefit: You’re not alone anymore. With a wonderful group like AAIM, never give up hope. God cares and so do I!

Check out these great comments that made the front page on Care2 here: http://www.care2.com/news/member/988028690/1345610

5. valerie szach - February 4, 2010

Remember Me in your hearts, your thoughts and your memories of the times we laughed and cried. For if you always think of me, I will never be gone.

Just wanted to share with you some words I read when I am really missing our son. Even though he has been gone since 1993, we still think of him daily and the pain really never goes away.

I hope one day to rejoin AAIM and its VIP’s. Right now I am recovering from serious back surgery- it’s a long recovery period-up to a year possibly-just had the surgery done in Oct 2009. Think of Charlene often and keep her in my prayers-hope she is on the road to recovery-she’s the best thing that’s happened to AAIM along with Pat Larson.

6. Janet Hughes - February 7, 2010

Thank you, Valerie, for sharing that beautiful quote with all of us: “Remember Me in your hearts, your thoughts and your memories of the times we laughed and cried. For if you always think of me, I will never be gone.”

My heart goes out to you. Know that you are not alone and that people truly do care.

Hope to see you at the next AAIM fundraiser in October 2010.

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