Mission: Educational and charitable: the mission of designate-a-driver (d-a-d) is to help educate all youth and families about the dangers of irresponsible and underage alcohol consumption, as well as illegal drug use in our communities.
Programs: On may 19, 2015 we successfully assisted with a mock drunk driving crash scene set up at middletown high school for approximately 700 students, the faculty and staff. We've coordinated with the middletown police and fire departments for the past 4 years and 7 of the last 10 years to provide awareness presentations to as many high school students as possible in our area. In 2005 we received our 501 (c)(3) tax exempt designation from the irs to help us fulfill a similar mission to mothers against drunk driving on a national level. In contrast the designate-a-driver (d-a-d) position opens the awareness arena to the male gender as well as all high school and college students with a valid driver's license. Our efforts focus on alternative ways to help educate and advocate without the abstinence and prohibitive pressures that madd often puts on students and the alcohol industry. We understand demands of the under educated often lead to dangerous explorations. D-a-d provides pro-active educational assistance in our schools to spark family conversation helping to break down youth curiosity and resistance. Unlike mothers against drunk driving, designate-a-driver is an awareness phrase which can also be an invaluable safety program on any school campus for students of all ages. Madd is not allowed in schools because most students are too young to legally consume alcohol and they should not be drunk in the first place. Sadd has been forced to change their name from "students against drunk driving" to "students against destructive decisions" for that reason. We don't think students, or anyone should be sadd or madd, we simply want to help educate future consumers today. D-a-d continues to work with area public schools and prevention specialists to provide awareness presentations to as many high school students as possible. We've recently proposed that one non-profit motor-coach bus can assist our six communities as an efficient and effective vehicle to help engage almost every student enrolled in a newport county school system before they graduate high school. With dwindling governmental resources it is critically important that the public and private sectors find ways to help fund and support our public schools. Our designate-a-driver extracurricular school transportation service run by a professionally licensed and insured company can legitimately do just that. We will occasionally replace the yellow bus and air a brief safety video about any of today's dangers during transit. This will help enlighten our student passengers during spare time while saving their schools money. Everyone wins! Designate-a-driver (d-a-d)