MADD organizational meeting set March 18

MADD organizational meeting set March 18 The Vermillion Police Department is sponsoring a second meeting to explore the feasibility of chartering a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) chapter for the Vermillion/Clay County area.

The first meeting, held on Feb. 11, was attended by 12 citizens. During the meeting it was learned that numerous other community activities probably had limited the attendance.

Consequently, a second meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Public Safety Center located at 15 Washington St. in Vermillion. Information will be shared regarding MADD and how citizens can become involved in the non-profit group.

According to the Vermillion Police Department, during 2001, 270 people were cited for underage consumption, 200 arrests were made for driving while intoxicated and there were 17 alcohol related accidents resulting in two deaths in the Vermillion/Clay County area. Nationally, 25,000 people are killed every year in alcohol related accidents. That relates to a life being lost every 20 minutes in an alcohol related accident.

MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this crime and prevent underage drinking. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about MADD and how volunteers can make a difference in the community.

For more information, contact Officer Mark Loder at 605-677-7070.

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