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MADD Recognizes CARPOOL at Texas A&M University

AUSTIN Mothers Against Drunk Driving Texas State Office will be recognizing CARPOOL, as one of our community heroes for their efforts in providing safe rides to help save lives on our Texas roadways.

One of their goals is to provide options for alternative transportation for individuals to return home safely and always have a sober ride.

MADD will recognize CARPOOL, along with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) at their monthly Crossroads Coalition meeting held Thursday October 10th 9:30am at Texas Department of Transportation Austin District Office, Building 7 Hearing Room, 7901 North I-35, Austin, Texas 78753.

Crossroads Coalition is a diverse group of stakeholders coming together to reduce fatalities and injuries by addressing the most challenging traffic issues in Central Texas. Our mission is to work together to improve safety for all transportation system users by using data-driven and evidence-based approaches and strategies.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Take The Wheel Program is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation and is designed to raise awareness of the community commitment needed to stop drunk driving. Through this campaign, MADD aims to enlist the support of city officials, law enforcement, schools, businesses and other community members to work together collaboratively to eliminate drunk driving in our state. As we are reminded daily in our work, it takes a community to stop a drunk driver.

CARPOOL (Caring Aggies R Protecting Over Our Lives) is a recognized student organization at Texas A&M University. CARPOOL is a student-run non-profit organization serving the Bryan/College Station community with FREE rides home. As of today, CARPOOL has given more than 210,000 safe rides home.

CARPOOL Mission: facilitate a safe and reliable commuting environment in the Bryan/College Station area providing free, non-judgmental rides home to intoxicated patrons and/or patrons rendered incapable of transportation due to other circumstances.

How CARPOOL Started

On October 23, 1997, Jeff Schiefelbein received a DWI in College Station and began an 18-month probation sentence. After losing his license and doing 60 hours of community service, Schiefelbein was required to appear at a Mother's Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact panel at which he heard the story of a woman and her daughter's death in high school. On this date, November 11, 1998, Schiefelbein was inspired by this story to begin a program that his friends and the Aggie community could rely on when out for a night of partying. When his ride came to the courthouse to pick him up that night, he sat down in the car and his first words were, "I'm going to start the best designated driver program in the country." From that moment on, Schiefelbein enlisted the help of many dedicated students to create a program that actually worked.

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 www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.


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