Tie One On for Safety Day
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Tuesday, Nov. 12 was “Tie One On for Safety” Day across the state of South Dakota. The initiative was started by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) back in the 80s and continues to impact lives daily.
MADD takes the day to hand out red ribbons for people to tie onto their cars. The ribbons are a reminder to drive sober, get a designated driver, or call a ride-sharing service.
Connie Hobbs, a longtime MADD volunteer advocates for the daughter she lost 25 years ago in a drunk driving accident. Her daughter was just 9-years-old at the time.
“Part of my heart has been ripped out. I lost a daughter, I will never graduation, I will never see grandbabies from her, never see her grow up. So it’s affected me even though its been 25-years it’s still here,” said Hobbs.
Here in South Dakota, last year alone there were 54 deaths and 541 injured in impaired driving accidents.
MADD has a number of services to help survivors, those who have lost loved ones, and those who have caused impaired driving accidents. You can find more information on their website at https://www.madd.org/south-dakota/ .