Mothers Against Drunk Driving Event
Police officers Aaron O’Donley and
Frank Rosas attended the Mothers
Against Drunk Driving event on
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. The event
was in conjunction with Texas
Department of Transportation to kick
off an anti drunk driving campaign.
The campaign is appropriately called
"Take the Wheel."
Officer O’Donley and Officer Rosas
attended the event to support the
program and also show support for
the family and friends of the
victims of drunk driving
incidents. Unfortunately, Harris
county (where UH is located) has the
most drunk driving related deaths of
any other county in the United
States. For the University of
Houston Department of Public Safety,
this is all the more reason to be
actively involved in the program.
Because of the public involvement,
there has been a 30 percent
reduction in drunk driving related
deaths since 2006.
As part of the “Take the Wheel”
campaign, the MADD organization
presented 188 rosemary trees. Those
188 trees represent the number of
individuals who fell victim to a
drunk driving accident within Harris County
in 2010. Police
officers and supporters were asked
to take a tree while taking a pledge
to share that tree with their
representative communities and ask
them all to help prevent drunk
driving during the holiday season.
The two trees the University of
Houston Department of Public Safety
received will be planted outside of
their building so that they can be
shared and enjoyed but also serve as
a reminder not to drink and drive.
The Department of Public Safety
reminds all members of the community
to not drink and drive. Be observant
while driving and remember to stop
family and friends from driving if
they have had too much to drink.