Driving under the influence and distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. According to the latest Centers for Disease Control statistics nearly 11,000 people died due to alcohol impaired driving crashes in 2010 alone and over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. Those alarming numbers have spurred Rhode Island businesses and organizations to join forces with the KDMF.
This year KDMF continues its Magnet Campaign, placing magnets on various company vehicles statewide to remind people to please drive responsibly. The KDMF is proud to have parterned with the Rhode Island State Police, AAA, Big Blue Bug Solutions, Del’s Lemonade, Munroe Dairy, and Almeida Plumbing, are all participants in this latest campaign to help keep the roadways safe.
"We are so pleased and honored that such respected and conscientious organizations are joining forces with the KDMF to help encourage motorists to drive responsibly, and hopefully, save lives,” said John DeCubellis, the Executive Director of the KDMF.
John and Meg DeCubellis know first-hand of the devastating toll impaired driving can have on a family. October 29th, 1999 a drunken driver killed thirteen year old Katie DeCubellis. Since then, the foundation has strived to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence and distracted driving.
The Rhode Island State Police and AAA of Southern New England helped kick off the campaign and each month one or more establishments will place the KDMF magnets on its vehicles helping KDMF to encourage the public to take notice. The goal is to raise awareness and also thank the organizations who are all so willing to donate some space on their vehicles.
February Almedia Plumbing, located in Greenville, R.I. is displaying the KDMF magnets on their vehicles, "It’s foundations like this that we enjoy being a part of to help people remember the importance of preventing tragedies when indulgence impairs,” states owner Fred Almeida.
To date, The KDMF has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships, prizes and donations. For more information log onto www.kdmf.org.