Designated-driver expands to seven states outside of New Jersey
The John R. Elliot Hero Campaign which started in 2000 for Designated Drivers has expanded to 7 states outside of New Jersey. It is also getting attention at high-profile venues in which a NASCAR event and an NFL game involving the New England Patriots next month is included.
The campaign was started after a Navy Ensign Elliot died in a crash caused by a driver driving under the influence. He was killed soon after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy.
State Police is working as a partner with the campaign and said that it is a strong tool in making the public aware.
According to Tom Louizou, regional administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in New Jersey, deaths caused by driving while intoxicated decreased by thirty three percent from 2000 to 2010. Louizou said, “Fatalities in crashes that involved a DWI driver of a car or motorcycle declined from 228 in 2000 to 153 in 2010”.
The collaboration of campaign with schools, law enforcement and the alcohol industry have helped to “stem the tide of drunk driving by increasing the use of designated drivers” according to Bill Elliott, chairman and co-founder of the campaign. In Dover, Del, Bill and Muriel Elliott worked as grand marshals for the K&N NASCAR series Drive Sober 150 Friday.
Three HERO walks will be held in the month of October, in Ocean City on 6th of October; in Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on 20th of October with the New England Patriots and in the University of Delaware on 26th of October.
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