Teens Against Drunk Driving (T.A.D.D.) Becomes a Recognized, 501c3 Charity

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Founded in 2003, as a privately funded, non- profit, policy affecting organization, T.A.D.D. is now going to continue their quest to eliminate drunk driving, utilizing their daily planner and study guide program entitled, Turn on to Safe Driving. However, now, they will operate as a charity. This will allow the organization to accept financial help from anyone who is interested in the same goal(s) as T.A.D.D.

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We believe, becoming a registered 501c3 charity, will allow us to attract more like minded people, who have the means and desire, to join our continued fight, to eradicate drunk and distracted driving, stated Mr. William M. Piecuch, Jr.

Founder and President of Teens Against Drunk Driving (T.A.D.D.), http://www.teensagainstdrunkdriving.org, Mr. William M. Piecuch, Jr., whose background includes time at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, decided in 2003 that the best way to drive down the more than 17,000 deaths from driver impaired accidents, was to affect legislation and policies throughout the United States.

One example of many of T.A.D.D.’S http://www.teensagainstdrunkdriving.org successes was in 2008. Together with other organizations, T.A.D.D. led the way in the development of a first time offender, BAIID (Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device) law in Illinois. Any first-time DUI offender who wishes to obtain and is eligible for driving relief during the period of statutory summary suspension is required to have a BAIID installed on his/her vehicle.

To be eligible for driving relief, the offender must obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP), and a BAIID will be installed on his/her vehicle through the Secretary of State’s office. An MDDP and installation of a BAIID allow an offender to drive anywhere at any time as long as he/she is driving a vehicle installed with a BAIID. The Secretary of State’s office monitors and reads the BAIID throughout the duration of the permit. The BAIID will alert the Secretary of State’s office if the driver attempts any incidents of driving under the influence or tampers with the BAIID device. A DUI offender may decline to have an MDDP and BAIID and instead choose to restrain from driving during the suspension period. However, an offender who chooses not to participate in the program and is subsequently caught driving a vehicle during the suspension period is guilty of a Class 4 felony. Additionally, an offender who participates in the BAIID program and is subsequently caught driving a vehicle without a BAIID device installed is guilty of a Class 4 felony. A BAIID also is required as a condition of receiving a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) for a person who has two or three DUI convictions (no time limit between offenses); or two statutory summary suspensions (as a result of two DUI arrests); or one DUI conviction with a statutory summary suspension from a separate DUI arrest, with both of the latter combinations of offenses occurring within 10 years. The DUI offender is responsible for all costs associated with the issuance, installation and monitoring of the BAIID.

Since T.A.D.D. will now operate as a 501c3 charity, pursuant to Federal law, T.A.D.D. will no longer attempt to affect pending legislation or policies. Instead, T.A.D.D. will continue to save lives through their effective educational tools. http://www.teensagainstdrunkdriving.org

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