Minnesotans for quick easy ways to make money safe driving

I have spent the last 8 years speaking to folks quick easy ways to make money about my brother’s crash and the impact it has had on our quick easy ways to make money family. I feel that it is important to show the other quick easy ways to make money side of tragedy – the side that is left to pick up the pieces quick easy ways to make money after a loved one has been killed in a preventable quick easy ways to make money crash. Simply put, I do not want another family to have to go quick easy ways to make money through what my family has gone through. By advocating for safer roads, it gives me an opportunity to speak about making better quick easy ways to make money choices.

A short time after his death, we became involved in the drunk driving issue with a quick easy ways to make money national non-profit organization, dedicating our lives in seeking ways to make changes in quick easy ways to make money the law and attitudes of the driving public. But after a few years, it became very clear to us that drunk driving is quick easy ways to make money not the only cause of the senseless carnage happening on quick easy ways to make money our highways – aggressive and inattentive drivers are killing more people than drunk quick easy ways to make money drivers.

Unfortunately there’s been little advocacy to help these victims through the quick easy ways to make money courts or to fight for changes in the law at quick easy ways to make money the legislature. The lives of their sons and daughters, mothers and fathers were as senselessly taken, as was our son’s life. Therefore in february 2000, minnesotans for safe driving was created to fill that known quick easy ways to make money void and to expand our mission to serve as advocates quick easy ways to make money for ALL VICTIMS OF TRAFFIC CRASHES, be they the results of drunk driving, speeding, aggressive or inattentive driving.

Back in the 70’s (it seems like only yesterday), I worked in california at the alameda county juvenile court quick easy ways to make money / detention facility. A friend, who at the time was a probation officer, was hit and injured seriously by a drunk driver. My friend lost one arm and one leg, which of course changed his life forever. The drunk driver on the other hand was fined $300. That was it. I have always thought of that as $150 for each limb. Isn’t that horrible.

For years that incident would slip in and out of quick easy ways to make money my mind. After moving to minnesota there came a time in my quick easy ways to make money life when I had time to volunteer. I worked with a couple charities and one day decided quick easy ways to make money maybe I could help make a difference regarding the crime quick easy ways to make money of drunk driving. That was almost 30 years ago. Becoming an advocate for victims of drunk driving was definitely quick easy ways to make money my calling.

I wish things would have been different in the 70’s, but I have learned to never look back. I know we have made amazing changes these past 30 quick easy ways to make money years, but I know in my heart there is still a quick easy ways to make money long way to go. I will never forget the call I received from the quick easy ways to make money mother of a repeat drunk driving offender. She told me she had no other place to turn quick easy ways to make money and wanted to get some advice for her son regarding quick easy ways to make money turning himself into the authorities. She believed if her son turned himself in he would quick easy ways to make money be “nailed”. That the system would not listen to what he is quick easy ways to make money doing with his life now. That was the call, which made me understand the life of an alcoholic a quick easy ways to make money bit more and the love of family members. I have been blessed. I now feel I understand some of the frustrations of quick easy ways to make money the victim, but also the need for an offender to have someone quick easy ways to make money believe in them. I feel like I have received a masters degree on quick easy ways to make money the topic of drunk driving. It’s an education I have received from others, sometimes horrifying, sometimes sad, and always informative.

I am the lucky one; my family has never been through the pains of having quick easy ways to make money a family member hit or killed by a drunk driver. As a mom, wife and citizen I feel it is not only my quick easy ways to make money job, but everyone’s obligation to use our highways responsibly. It is our duty to do all we can to quick easy ways to make money make this a safer world for our children and grandchildren. Now with minnesotans for safe driving I have the ability quick easy ways to make money to pursue my calling and assist victims – ALL victims of traffic crashes.

I would like to thank the founders of minnesotans for quick easy ways to make money safe driving, jon and geri cummings for giving these victims a place quick easy ways to make money to turn for assistance. I am proud of all that we have accomplished over quick easy ways to make money the last three years. It still amazes me that in such a short time quick easy ways to make money we have achieved so much. We will never give up the fight against drunk driving, but society has changed and we are embroiled in a quick easy ways to make money war on our roadways. There are too many victims of not only drunk driving, but also speeding, road rage, and other irresponsible driving behavior. These victims now have some place to ask for help. This could not have happened without all of our generous quick easy ways to make money volunteers and donators. So a special thank you to all of you.

A majority of the funds raised, we are proud to say, have been spent on community services and projects. In fact, 80% goes back into the community for education of offenders and quick easy ways to make money the public, special projects and victims’ assistance. This is remarkable. This is ONLY possible because of our dedicated volunteers and quick easy ways to make money our wonderful supporters. A big thank you to everyone!

The popular use of the cell phone in the late quick easy ways to make money 1990’s brought about a serious issue with traffic safety; and it just got a lot worse when the “apple smart phone” was introduced in 2007 and other smart phones were introduced quick easy ways to make money in the next years. These phones allowed a person to do more than just quick easy ways to make money make a phone call; texting, video chatting, looking at pictures and browsing the web all took the quick easy ways to make money driver’s eyes off the road. Just as traffic safety advocates were getting a handle on quick easy ways to make money reducing drunk driving crashes, the death rate started to move up with deaths and quick easy ways to make money injuries from distracted and cell phone use that took the quick easy ways to make money driver’s eyes off the road. The first-time legislation was offered for a hands-free bill was in the early 2000’s. These bills did not see much movement until 2017 when quick easy ways to make money these authors; sen. Carlson, (D), rep. Hornstein(D) and rep. Newburger(R) led the push. A coalition started of victims and families of those killed quick easy ways to make money to advocate for this important legislation. More families joined in 2018 and 2019 and some because quick easy ways to make money their loved ones became statistics in 2018. These advocates really made the difference to the final success. But unfortunately, a vote was never taken in 2017.

2018 was more successful with lots of testimony, emails, media and experienced lobbyists in our corner. It would have passed with a close vote, but there was again a push back from republican leadership quick easy ways to make money that didn’t allow a vote to happen, and the republicans controlled the house and senate. The authors in 201 8 were sen. Carlson (D), rep. Uglem (R) and rep. Newburger (R). Testimony in 2018 and much media attention to these deaths quick easy ways to make money and injuries started changing the minds of those who had quick easy ways to make money previously been against the bill, from both sides of the aisle.

2019 brought a change to the legislature with the democrats quick easy ways to make money taking over the house and the leadership of the senate quick easy ways to make money finally deciding it was in their best interest to support quick easy ways to make money a hands-free cell phone bill. It also helped that many legislators did change their mind. The 2019 authors were the chairs of the transportation committees, sen. Newman ( R) and rep. Hornstein(D). The bill finally was given a vote and the senate quick easy ways to make money voted 56 to 10 and the house voted 106 to quick easy ways to make money 21 to pass their bills. These bills were different but after much negotiation the conference quick easy ways to make money committee came up with a unanimous vote of 6 to quick easy ways to make money 0 on the final bill. It was then passed successfully through both houses and sent quick easy ways to make money to governor walz to sign on april 12, 2019.

This bill is a prevention bill. The penalty was left the same as the previous texting quick easy ways to make money law. The point of this bill was to stop people from quick easy ways to make money looking at their phones while driving. To make that happen, a massive public awareness campaign will be used and enforcement quick easy ways to make money of the law will be the other part to make quick easy ways to make money the change. We all hope that this will do what the primary quick easy ways to make money seatbelt law did, raise compliance.

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