Stand Against Drunk Driving During the Holidays

When we think of the Christmas season, we picture Santa Claus, presents, family gatherings, and, maybe even tv-movie binge sessions. We don’t think about road dangers. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) wants to change that by encouraging individuals to take a stand against drunk driving. The organization will runs its Tie One On For Safety campaign from November 1 to December 31, when drunk driving incidents tend to spike. According to the organization, more than 1,000 people died in drunk driving accidents between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day last year.


The MADD campaign is fighting this trend by urging people to make responsible decisions. The phrase “tie one on” typically refers to drinking alcohol, but MADD uses it to encourage holiday partiers to ride with designated drivers. They ask advocates to tie MADD red ribbons in visible locations as a way of reminding people not to drink and drive.


This is an important campaign, and you can easily save lives this month by getting involved. Below we’ve listed ideas from the MADD website on how you can help support the Tie One On For Safety campaign.


  • Ask guests at your holiday party to donate to MADD instead of bringing a hostess gift. This gift will help us serve victims whose loved ones can’t be home for the holidays due to a drunk driving crash. Create your holiday party fundraiser atorg/diy.


  • Distribute Tie One On for Safety ribbons at your party, available for purchase at your local MADD office. Find your local officehere.


  • Put safety before the party and always designate a non-drinking driver BEFORE the celebration begins to ensure everyone arrives home safely.


  • Display a MADD red ribbon in a visible location on your vehicles.  Red ribbons, magnets and window decals are available through local MADD offices.


  • Host parties responsibly by offering mocktails and other non-alcoholic beverages, and by providing alternate transportation or accommodations for guests who have been drinking.Get more safe party tips.