Making an Impact
January 2020 - Volume 7 - Issue 5
Brain Injury Awareness Month is Coming

Brain injury awareness month is coming. What do you have planned in your community to bring awareness to how a traffic crash can cause this devastation to your own community members? Here is the short version from one of our very own VIP speakers.
Joan Miller

After years of making bad choices, I finally met the man of my dreams. It seemed as if John was the only man on this earth who could love me through all my mistakes and do so unconditionally. I had never experienced anything like that in my life before. We shared our joy with family and friends and were married in my parent’s back yard on September 19th 1992.
Our lives permanently changed in Ogden Utah when returning to our hotel on the night of June 12th 1999 while attending a weekend business conference, when we were slammed into by a hit and run drunk driver. My head repeatedly hitting the passenger window, breaking my skull and sending 24 pieces into my brain, I was diagnosed with a severe traumatic brain injury and given a 3% chance to live.
When I woke from my four day coma, I had lost 10 years of age memory and 42 years of emotional memory. After years of rehab learning to walk, talk, eat, think and write, I still and always will have challenges because of a young man’s choice to drink, then get behind the wheel of a car.
Because of the loss of my emotional memory, our wedding day is a day of John & me getting dressed up and a group of people in my parent’s back yard. Our week honeymoon at the beach is nothing more than a week at the beach.

Struggling to do simple things, like vacuuming or buttoning a shirt can sometimes result in an uncontrollable rage, and can be a daily occurrence if I’ve failed to get the two naps I need in order to make it through an evening. Not being able to drive or work sometimes makes me feel like I’m not really contributing to the household. And while I know that’s not at all the way John feels, I can’t help but feel that way sometimes.
Distracted Driving Awareness Month is Coming

Are your communities ready for distracted driving awareness month? Are you participating in the National Enforcement this year? Please see the following information to help you plan and join us in working to make every Oregon community safer.

Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,166 lives in 2017 alone. NHTSA leads the national effort to save lives by preventing this dangerous behavior. Get the facts, get involved, and help us keep America’s roads safe.

April has been designated “Distracted Driving Awareness Month” by NHTSA. In an effort to further elevate awareness of this issue and to encourage law enforcement agencies to focus on this dangerous driving behavior, this April NHTSA is again launching the “C2D” – Connect to Disconnect. C2D will occur on Thursday, April 9th, 2020 (our national media will begin on April 6th). We are asking law enforcement agencies to designate one 4-hour period during which they will focus on cell phone use and texting. We are recommending 2-6 pm, which will cover the after-school young drivers as well as the evening commute. This is just a suggestion, however, and states/agencies can designate their own enforcement periods.
We also encourage states to add media coverage to the enforcement efforts. Media materials on distracted driving are located at: . Additional materials specific to C2D will be posted soon, and will include materials in Spanish as well.
Even without additional resources, we hope that law enforcement agencies will make this 4-hour emphasis part of their regular daily shift – asking officers to pay special attention to cell phone use and texting, as well as all potential driver distractions.

Media Coordinator: Shelley Snow, , 503-986-3438

2020 DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Conference
April 23 & 24, 2020 at the
Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, OR
Lodging arrangements can be made by contacting the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Hotel at 541.639.3481. Mention the DUII Conference to get special room pricing (price guaranteed through March 24, 2020).
Conference Agenda Coming Soon!
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AWARD NOMINATIONS -   Don't forget to nominate someone who showed outstanding achievement in the world of DUII deterrence, education, prosecution etc. in 2019. Nominations must be received by March 27, 2020.
Award Criteria:   2019 Award Criteria.pdf
Award Nomination Form:   2019 AWARD NOMINATION FORM.pdf

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