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MADD 'ties one on' to promote safe driving

November 19, 1998

SADD ribbonphoto: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




The Western Maryland Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving kicked off its annual "Tie One On" red ribbon campaign Wednesday at the D.M. Bowman Trucking Co. in Williamsport.

Three police officers were honored for the number of drunken driving arrests they have made in a seven-month period. They are:




- Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Marty Speak, 40 arrests.

- Hagerstown City Police Officer John Murray, 26 arrests.

- Washington County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Richard Schleigh, 34 arrests.

Matt Stegle of the Allstate Insurance Co. reported that the red ribbons were donated by Allstate, which co-sponsors the annual campaign with MADD and SADD - Students Against Drunk Driving.

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Five members of the North Hagerstown High School SADD chapter attended the program at Bowman.

The trucking company attaches red ribbons to each of its rigs to promote awareness of the dangers of drunken driving.

MADD spokeswoman Jeanne Small said that in 1997, more than 35 percent of the teenagers killed in accidents were killed in alcohol-related accidents.

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