The Wheeling Police Department and Mothers Against Drunk Driving "tied one on for safety" Friday to remind local drivers to stay safe behind the wheel during the upcoming holiday season.
Joined by MADD Wheeling chapter members Jody Miller and Missy Goldbaugh, officers tied MADD Red Ribbons to every police vehicle outside of police headquarters at the Wheeling-City County building on Chapline Street.
The ribbons, which will remain on police vehicles for the rest of the year, are to remind drivers to drive safe, sober and buckled up. According to MADD, the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is the most dangerous time of year on our nation's roadways.
Photo by Tyler Reynard
Wheeling police Officer Josh Sanders ties a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Red Ribbon to a police motorcycle Friday.
Miller's daughter, Heather, was 21 years old when she died in a car crash in 2008. Goldbaugh's late husband, former Wheeling Police Lt. William Goldbaugh, was killed by a drunk driver in 2010 in Florida.
Started in 1986, Tie One On For Safety is MADD's longest running and most visible public awareness project. The slogan "tie one on for safety" comes from the phrase "tie one on," which is slang for getting drunk. MADD uses the phrase to remind everyone that drinking and driving do not mix.
Those interested in obtaining a MADD Red Ribbon for their vehicle can stop at the Wheeling Police Department or email firstname.lastname@example.org.