MADD Colorado Announces Return of Bachus & Schanker as 2011 Statewide Sponsor

DENVER, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Colorado announced that Bachus & Schanker has returned as its 2011 Statewide Sponsor. As the Statewide Sponsor for Colorado, Bachus & Schanker will continue to provide crucial support to all of MADD Colorado's programs throughout the state.

"Without the generous support of Colorado donors and sponsors like Bachus & Schanker, MADD's lifesaving programs and victim services wouldn't be possible. In fact, we provided victim services to 300 more victim survivors in 2010 than we did in 2009 — an increase of 18%," said Emily Tompkins, State Executive Director of MADD Colorado. "Law firms like Bachus & Schanker that fight for the rights of victims are critical to the healing process for the hundreds of victim/survivors impacted by alcohol-related injury and fatal traffic crashes in Colorado each year."

The law firm of Bachus & Schanker has long been a supporter of MADD and drunk driving victims. Bachus & Schanker is also a returning sponsor of Walk Like MADD, MADD Colorado's 5K community walk that raises funds to support MADD's work to eliminate drunk driving and to support the victims of drunk driving crashes and their families. More information is available at www.walklikemadd.org.

"The law firm of Bachus & Schanker is proud to continue as MADD Colorado's Statewide Sponsor," says Darin L. Schanker, founding partner at Bachus & Schanker, LLC. "As a personal injury law firm we've seen the devastating injuries and trauma to victims and their families as a result of drunk driving crashes. This sponsorship is our commitment to support MADD in its mission to make our roadways safer and to eliminate drunk driving throughout Colorado."

Unfortunately, thousands of drivers make the deadly decision to drive drunk across the country. In 2009, 10,839 people were killed in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more. In Colorado, 158 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.

Through legislative efforts, law enforcement support, public awareness campaigns and underage drinking prevention, MADD Colorado aims to stamp out drunk driving in Colorado and end this 100 percent preventable loss of life. And thanks to the generous support of sponsors and donors, MADD Colorado provides victim services at no cost to over 2,000 victim/survivors, which includes support from trained Victim Advocates and a network of peers, guidance through the judicial process, one-on-one support, and a 24-hour help line.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded by a mother who lost her daughter in a crash, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation's largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking.  With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on American roads.  And, Power of Parents, It's Your Influence® offers research-proven strategies to help parents keep their children safe from the dangers of underage drinking.  One of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk driving victims and survivors – serving one person every 10 minutes – at no charge.  To learn more about MADD, visit www.madd.org or call 1-800-GET-MADD.  For victims/survivors, call 1-877-MADD-HELP.

SOURCE Mothers Against Drunk Driving Colorado



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