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Letter: ‘Drive Sober’ Sign Catches the Eye of MADD

I’d like to thank the Manhasset Press for your ongoing support of my efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. A few months ago you published a photo of me wearing a sign around my neck that read, “Drive Sober.” This sign was originally intended as a lawn sign but I used it as a personal billboard at the annual Manhasset Christmas Tree Lighting.

By sharing the image in the Manhasset Press, you have amplified my voice as a survivor advocate. In 1987 I was the victim of a drunk driving crash that almost took my life and left me hospitalized for over a month and living with many long-term effects.

The photo you published caught the attention of MADD Long Island who then reached out to me asking if they could use my idea of a personal billboard to help spread the word. I have since been working extensively with MADD on their campaign to educate and prevent further tragedies caused by drunk driving. I have attended local press conferences, and I am a regular participant in MADD’s monthly Victims Impact Panel where I share my story and help educate individuals about the far-reaching and long-lasting effects that a drunk driver has on the victim and their entire family.

Thank you for helping me educate drivers about the dangerous ramifications of drinking and driving. Walk Like MADD this year raised over $161,000.

Elise Ledda