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September 20, 2006
Memorial tournament -- Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee will sponsor a basketball tournament in memory of Dessalines Jacques, who died in a traffic accident, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at Supreme Sports Club, 7080 Deepage Drive, Columbia. The tournament, a 3-on-3 round robin, is open to teens of both sexes, ages 13-19. Proceeds will be donated to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The cost is $20 a team and includes a T-shirt and free sodas. Registration is due by Oct. 15. Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
Shirley W. Johnson, whose personal tragedy of losing her son to a drunken driver resulted in her becoming a major voice in the Maryland chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, died March 9 of complications from a stroke at Glen Meadows retirement community in Glen Arm. She was 91. "Shirley was a founding mother in Maryland of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She was a highly personable and respected leader," said Keith S. Franz, who has been active in MADD for more than 30 years.
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By Wendy Hamilton | December 19, 2001
One fact demonstrated time and again in our country's history is our resiliency after tragic events. We eventually recover and get back to "business as usual." Unfortunately, "business as usual" for many includes drunken driving, a crime that results in more than 16,000 deaths and 600,000 injuries annually. While international events grab current headlines, it is critical not to forget that every drunken driving death or injury is 100 percent preventable. This issue is all the more important to America's families as we head into the holiday season, which brings increased travel and a dangerous drunken-driving period.
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By Kevin Rector and Kevin Rector,Sun Reporter | June 28, 2008
A man who was drunk on beer and tequila when he drove his pickup truck the wrong way on an Ohio highway, smashing into a minivan and killing a Baltimore County mother and four children returning from a Christmas trip, was sentenced yesterday to more than four decades in prison. Michael Gagnon, a 24-year-old construction worker who had slipped away from a holiday celebration of his own when he set off toward the interstate, was sentenced in a Toledo, Ohio, courtroom to 43 years in prison for killing the five Parkville residents.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 19, 2000
WASHINGTON - More than 10,000 police departments around the country will begin a campaign tomorrow to enforce laws on drunken driving and child car seat safety, prompted by a federal study that found a tight link between the two. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in May, found that of about 500 children killed each year by drunken drivers, about two-thirds were passengers...
NEWS
February 20, 1994
MADD Clarifies Stand On New LawsIn reference to a recent Associated Press wire story (that appeared in The Sun) regarding tougher drunken-driving laws, the Carroll County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving would like to clarify the points addressed in that article.The opening statement, "Maryland has some of the strictest drunken-driving laws in the country, but Mothers Against Drunk Driving will ask the 1994 General Assembly to tighten the screws little more," immediately puts MADD in a pejorative light.
NEWS
May 8, 1994
Appointing the School BoardBecause of my commitment to public education which allows for the free exchange of ideas, I have alerted the governor's legislative office to my concerns about HBO 1617. This bill establishes the permanent nominating caucus as the only channel for appointment to the Harford County Board of Education or the Community College Board of Trustees.What started as a reform coalition to open up the governor-appoints, senator-approves process could become the medium of the long-active radical right to hang up the appointment process interminably.
NEWS
April 19, 1994
Mothers Against Drunk Driving have been saying it for some time -- but without the statistics to prove it. Now they have the proof: Maryland's campaign against drunk driving is succeeding with social drinkers but not with drunks.The number of drunken driving arrests per million miles driven has declined significantly, but over the last decade, repeat offenders increased sharply from 6 percent to 38 percent. Some 193 of these offenders have as many as six convictions.In short, Maryland (and other states)
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By Kevin Rector and Kevin Rector,Sun Reporter | June 28, 2008
A man who was drunk on beer and tequila when he drove his pickup truck the wrong way on an Ohio highway, smashing into a minivan and killing a Baltimore County mother and four children returning from a Christmas trip, was sentenced yesterday to more than four decades in prison. Michael Gagnon, a 24-year-old construction worker who had slipped away from a holiday celebration of his own when he set off toward the interstate, was sentenced in a Toledo, Ohio, courtroom to 43 years in prison for killing the five Parkville residents.
NEWS
January 27, 1993
Criminals get more decency than fired guardsDontay Carter has claimed yet two more victims. This time, it was with our help.We suffered a fright when he escaped. Our fragile sense of security suffered yet another blow. So in our ever-increasing tendency to blame someone for whatever discomfort we experienced we sought -- and found -- the culprits.The culprits, however, are no Dontay Carters. They are two decent and honorable men who have served this community admirably and until now faultlessly in a thankless and stressful job.Unlike the convicted murderer whom they were charged to guard, they have supported families and paid taxes and upheld the law. And unlike the murderer, on whom we have spent many months and untold thousands of dollars to protect his rights, these two men were summarily stripped of their livelihood in less than 48 hours after the escape, at the height of community hysteria and outrage.
NEWS
September 20, 2006
Memorial tournament -- Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee will sponsor a basketball tournament in memory of Dessalines Jacques, who died in a traffic accident, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at Supreme Sports Club, 7080 Deepage Drive, Columbia. The tournament, a 3-on-3 round robin, is open to teens of both sexes, ages 13-19. Proceeds will be donated to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The cost is $20 a team and includes a T-shirt and free sodas. Registration is due by Oct. 15. Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.
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By Wendy Hamilton | December 19, 2001
One fact demonstrated time and again in our country's history is our resiliency after tragic events. We eventually recover and get back to "business as usual." Unfortunately, "business as usual" for many includes drunken driving, a crime that results in more than 16,000 deaths and 600,000 injuries annually. While international events grab current headlines, it is critical not to forget that every drunken driving death or injury is 100 percent preventable. This issue is all the more important to America's families as we head into the holiday season, which brings increased travel and a dangerous drunken-driving period.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 19, 2000
WASHINGTON - More than 10,000 police departments around the country will begin a campaign tomorrow to enforce laws on drunken driving and child car seat safety, prompted by a federal study that found a tight link between the two. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in May, found that of about 500 children killed each year by drunken drivers, about two-thirds were passengers...
NEWS
November 3, 1996
Smith, others take chance to write on judges' raceI am writing in response to the Oct. 20 letter from the Shah family regarding the tragic loss of their father in a drunk driving collision.My client took full responsibility for his crime and plead guilty in court. In fact, my client wanted to do penance by going to jail.Not only did my client want to go to jail, he carried his victim's obituary in his wallet as a constant reminder of the innocent life he took as a result of drinking and driving.
NEWS
January 17, 1995
Law ReformThe item in the Republican "Contract with America" that addresses "legal reforms" is on the wrong track. It states that judges should be allowed to require someone who brings a lawsuit and loses to pay the lawyers' fees of both sides.Should this be allowed, it would no longer be prudent for an ordinary individual to bring suit against a large business establishment, regardless of the blatancy of an offense.In general, an individual is hard-pressed to cover the cost of a single lawyer, whereas large business establishments bring on sometimes three, five or even 10 lawyers.
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By WILEY A. HALL | December 1, 1994
If police accounts are true, 34-year-old Shirley Draper of Wimberly, Texas, used appallingly poor judgment in September when she allowed her two daughters to ride in a car driven by their father even though he was drunk at the time.And Mrs. Draper paid a terrible penalty for her lapse in judgment: Both daughters, as well as the father, were killed when he lost control of his car and plunged into a 10-foot-deep body of water near Wimberly in central Texas.But has she paid enough?Apparently not. On Nov. 10, a Hays County grand jury charged Mrs. Draper with two counts of injury to a child and two counts of endangering a child.
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By WILEY A. HALL | December 1, 1994
If police accounts are true, 34-year-old Shirley Draper of Wimberly, Texas, used appallingly poor judgment in September when she allowed her two daughters to ride in a car driven by their father even though he was drunk at the time.And Mrs. Draper paid a terrible penalty for her lapse in judgment: Both daughters, as well as the father, were killed when he lost control of his car and plunged into a 10-foot-deep body of water near Wimberly in central Texas.But has she paid enough?Apparently not. On Nov. 10, a Hays County grand jury charged Mrs. Draper with two counts of injury to a child and two counts of endangering a child.
NEWS
April 26, 1991
The violent crime of drunk drivingOver the last approximately four years, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been a vital part of the Howard County community. Our goals have been to educate the public, assist victims, work with legislators to create stricter drunk driving laws and provide a better quality of life. We are not prohibitionists: Our mission is to stop drunk driving and support the victims of this violent crime.Community involvement is the key to our existence. Each year we sponsor the Red Ribbon Campaign, candlelight vigils, victim support groups and victim impact panels for drunk driving offenders.
NEWS
May 8, 1994
Appointing the School BoardBecause of my commitment to public education which allows for the free exchange of ideas, I have alerted the governor's legislative office to my concerns about HBO 1617. This bill establishes the permanent nominating caucus as the only channel for appointment to the Harford County Board of Education or the Community College Board of Trustees.What started as a reform coalition to open up the governor-appoints, senator-approves process could become the medium of the long-active radical right to hang up the appointment process interminably.
NEWS
April 19, 1994
Mothers Against Drunk Driving have been saying it for some time -- but without the statistics to prove it. Now they have the proof: Maryland's campaign against drunk driving is succeeding with social drinkers but not with drunks.The number of drunken driving arrests per million miles driven has declined significantly, but over the last decade, repeat offenders increased sharply from 6 percent to 38 percent. Some 193 of these offenders have as many as six convictions.In short, Maryland (and other states)
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