Eye on New Mexico: Mothers Against Drunk Driving

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Drunk driving continues to be a problem on New Mexico roads – but something as simple as a ribbon could help put an end to impaired driving.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving announced their 35th year of the “Red Ribbon: Tie One On For Safety” campaign. As we head into the holidays, MADD is reminding the public what could happen if you don’t plan ahead and drive drunk.

"Hi my name is Analesa Maldonado and I am a victim of drunk driving," Maldonado addressed the small crowd from her wheelchair Monday afternoon outside MADD headquarters.

Maldonado explained in March of last year, she was hit by a drunk driver on her way home from an oil change. It happened in the middle of the day. Since then, her life has not been the same.

“He did not only impact my life but also the lives of my friends and family,” Maldonado said.

Maldonado’s story is not rare. In fact, MADD said every 51 minutes someone is killed by a drunk driver. This year, they want to end that statistic.

“Don’t make this someone’s last holiday, we are all hoping to get home safe and celebrate with each other still in the time of the pandemic so we really want to keep each other safe make the right choice don’t drive impaired this holiday season,” MADD New Mexico Director Lindsey Valdez said.

Instead, make a plan because driving under the influence will impact more than just your life.

“A lot of people like to think you decided what happens to you, you make your own choices. Which is true. But, we all have an impact on each other’s lives and that man impacted my life that day,” Maldonado said.

Along with the Red Ribbon campaign, NMDOT announced they have received a grant to work with Uber to give away free rides this holiday season. They will be announcing the discount code for free rides next week.