We’ve come a long way in drunk driving awareness, education and prevention in the past 25 years, but we have so much more to do.
Louisville, Ky. (PRWEB) May 13, 2013
-- May 14th is the 25th Anniversary of Kentucky Bus Crash --
A quarter century after the worst drunk driving crash in United States history, which killed 27 people and injured 34 others, 27 people are still killed each day in this country as a result of drunk driving — a 100 percent preventable crime. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Carroll County, Kentucky bus crash, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), crash survivors, victims’ families and documentarians are coming together to remember the lives lost and forever impacted, while also raising awareness to prevent future drunk driving tragedies.
On May 14, 1988, a school bus carrying 67 people, nearly all of them children, was returning to Radcliff, Ky. from a church youth group field trip to an amusement park. While they were driving through Carroll County, Ky., a drunk driver driving on the wrong side of the road crashed into the bus head-on, killing 24 children, the bus driver and two adult chaperones, and injuring 34 others.
“This crash was, and still is, devastating for many reasons. The loss of so many young lives, in addition to the lifelong impact for those injured in the crash, is crushing. But the fact that this crash and every other drunk driving crash is completely preventable makes it even more difficult to reflect upon,” said MADD National President Jan Withers. “We’ve come a long way in drunk driving awareness, education and prevention in the past 25 years, but we have so much more to do. We have to put an end to these needless deaths and injuries, while continuing to support those who’ve been affected by drunk driving.”
As a part of the crash anniversary, MADD is partnering with the filmmakers behind a new feature documentary film, IMPACT: AFTER THE CRASH, which tells some of the powerful stories of loss and healing through interviews with many of the crash survivors and victims’ family members.
“It has been on my heart for many years to one day make this documentary, and after a life-changing, three-year journey, it is very gratifying to finally see it come to fruition,” said Crash Survivor and IMPACT Producer Harold Dennis. “In an environment where tragedy seems to infiltrate our lives each and every day, my hope is that those who have become victim to recent tragedy — drunk driving, or otherwise — will be inspired to find the strength and courage to continue living their lives, through the stories of survivorship that have developed over the last 25 years, and are brought to life in this documentary.”
MADD and the filmmakers are joining with crash survivors, victims’ families and local residents to hold events honoring the victims and survivors of the crash around the anniversary. There will be a public memorial event at North Hardin High School in Radcliff, Ky. on May 14, 2013, with speakers including crash survivors, victims’ family members, former MADD National President Karolyn Nunnallee (whose daughter, Patty, was the youngest crash victim), current MADD National President Jan Withers, and others. In addition, there will be a private screening of IMPACT after the memorial event on May 14th and then a special public screening will be held on May 15th at the PAC theater (Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center) in Elizabethtown, Ky. This will be the first time this new film is being screened publicly.
“As we remember and honor the victims and survivors of the 1988 bus crash, we also look forward to a future without drunk driving,” added Withers. “MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving provides the roadmap to a day when there will be no more new victims of drunk driving. But until that day, we will continue to speak out and remember the precious lives that have been lost and forever changed.”
For more information about MADD Victim Services, visit http://www.madd.org/victim-services, or to speak with a MADD victim advocate 24 hours a day, call 1-877-MADD-HELP.
For more information about the IMPACT film, including trailers, go to http://www.theimpactmovie.com.
About Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. PowerTalk 21® is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, using the proven strategies of Power of Parents® to reduce the risk of underage drinking. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every eight minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. Learn more at http://www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.