The goal of this podcast is to educate youth and adults about traffic safety through meaningful conversations with youth, victims families and traffic safety experts. So if you are looking for a little more perspective around traffic safety we hope you will listen in and don't forget to take care of each on the roads and always lead by example.
Ep. 12 MADD Victim Advocate - with Francie Mantak
Francie Mantak is the victim advocate for MADD RI and she couldn't be more perfect for this position. She is so kind and truly cares about the families and survivors she supports. During this episode we discuss what services she provides as a Victim Advocate, how this job has impacted her life and how important it is to address grief in a healthy way. Below is her contact information and a full description of services a MADD Victim Advocate provides.
Phone: 401-421-0800 x5403
To be put in touch with a MADD Victim Advocate in your area or if you need to speak with someone immediately, call MADD’s Victim/Survivor Helpline at 1-877-MADD-HELP (877-623-3435).
A person’s life is forever changed following a drunk or drugged driving crash. Many victims and survivors are left not knowing what to do or where to turn. MADD Victim Services is here to help those following the aftermath of a crash at no cost to the victim.
Victim Services Provided at No Charge- we strive to provide as many services as possible to victims of drugged and drunk driving crashes. Listed below are some examples of services that MADD may be able to provide, the actual services provided will be based on availability.
Offer emotional support to those impacted by phone, in person or via email
Provide a wide selection of free brochures and literature, available in both English and Spanish related to the aftermath of the crash.
Provide information, education and assistance in understanding the various laws related to drunk and drugged driving laws in your area
Education on the criminal justice process and court proceedings
Assistance with preparation of a Victim Impact Statement to present at the sentencing of the offender. Depending on availability, sometimes MADD can provide accompaniment to court or if you are unable to attend, keep you informed of the legal proceedings
Assist victims in understanding their rights as a victim and completing an application for Crime Victims Compensation
Assist in preparing statements for parole hearings or probation hearings
Referrals to local community resources including but not limited to support groups, crisis professional counselors, and civil attorneys.
Ep. 11 Youth Perspective - Hunter
Hunter is a student leader who has been committed to Youth Driven since day one. Throughout this podcast Hunter shares his perspective about different traffic safety topics, including drugged driving, seat belts and much more. He is a driven individual and I am so pleased to introduce you to Hunter.
Ep. 10 Changing Road Infrastructure to Save Lives - with Liza Burkin
Liza Burkin is an urban planner, mobility advocate, writer, and is extremely passionate about roadway infrastructure and making our streets safer for all road users. In this podcast Liza explains how the infrastructure of our roads is so crucial to the safety of not just pedestrians and cyclists but for drivers too. Liza explains how adding a tree canopy over a road can reduce speeding or how adding curbs to an intersection can reduce the number of traffic crash incidents from occurring. Education and prevention programs help in reducing crashes but Liza explains why we also need to change the infrastructure of our road ways in order to reach our goal of zero fatalities. Liza is the lead organizer of the Providence Streets Coalition, which is an alliance of community organizations, local businesses, schools, institutions, civic leaders, and engaged individuals advocating for people-friendly streets in Providence. To learn more visit their website at pvdstreets.org.
Ep. 9 Youth Perspective - Bella
Bella is one of our student leaders who is never scared of a challenge and always finds a way to get her traffic safety messages out to her school. Throughout this podcast Bella shares her perspective about different traffic safety topics, including seat belt safety, her exsperiance as a new driver and much more. She is one of the most driven students I have every met and it is my honor to introduce you to Bella.
Ep. 8 Mental Health & Traffic Safety with Isabelle Boullier
Isabelle shares her research project on mental health and traffic safety that she conducted during her 8 week internship with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). She shares her main points from her research project and why it is important that we start to discuss how are mental health affects us while driving.
To contact Isabelle Boullier directly you can email her at email@example.com
Ep. 7 Drowsy Driving with Mary Maguire
Mary Maguire is the Massachusetts spokes person for AAA Northeast and will be discussing drowsy driving and why it is important to get a healthy amount of sleep before getting behind the wheel. Mary will also be sharing her personal story about the night her son fell asleep at the wheel and survived a horrific car crash. Mary also shares how that incident changed her family's life and drove her to become even more passionate about educating others about traffic safety.