Police Raising Funds for Impaired Driving Awareness

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
Police Raising Funds for Impaired Driving Awareness

The Hillsborough Police Department is participating with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to raise funds for impaired driving awareness.

Officers have set a goal of raising $3,000 for MADD and invite citizens to donate to or join their team, MADD in Hillsborough. Those who join the team will be registering to walk or run virtually or in person in the Raleigh Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash on June 2 in Garner. The $30 registration fee and any additional donations made to MADD through Team MADD in Hillsborough will go toward the Hillsborough Police Department’s team goal. The deadline to register for a team is 5 p.m. May 30.

“Drunk driving is a 100 percent preventable crime that affects people all over the world,” noted Lt. Andy Simmons, who is spearheading the local effort with Officer Chad Wilson. “MADD has steadily worked to raise awareness about drunk driving since 1980 and makes a great effort to lessen the number of people whose lives are changed or ruined by those who continue to drink and drive.”

The team page and individual officer pages note that two out of three people will be impacted by a drunken driver in their lifetime. Wilson, who is serving as team captain for Hillsborough, also notes on his page that he made 32 DWI arrests in 2017. “Let’s help get the awareness out to help reduce the number of DWI drivers across this country and right here in Hillsborough, North Carolina!” he states on his page.

Donations to MADD may be made:

  • Online by credit or debit card through the MADD in Hillsborough team page.
  • Offline by submitting a check or money order by mail to Team MADD in Hillsborough, Attn.: Officer Chad Wilson, 127 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278.
  • Offline by submitting a check or money order in person at the Hillsborough Police Department’s main station, 127 N. Churton St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

To receive credit for a donation, the donation should be submitted with an offline donation form, which is available at the police station’s front desk upon request. Donations typically take one to two weeks to show up on the team’s fundraising page. No cash donations will be accepted. For more information about the Hillsborough Police Department’s local effort, contact Simmons by email or by phone at 919-296-9522.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunken driver, is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunken driving, drugged driving and underage drinking. MADD also supports victims and survivors of drunken and drugged driving at no charge through local MADD victim advocates and a 24-hour victim helpline: 1-877-MADD-HELP.   

Citizens are encouraged to spread the word about the Walk Like MADD fundraiser by using the hashtag #DrunkDrivingEndsHere. For more information about the nonprofit or the fundraiser, see the MADD and the Walk Like MADD websites.