To reduce the number of individuals and families impacted by drunk driving through direct education efforts. To educate drivers, future/potential drivers, and passengers about the dangers of driving impaired, or being a passenger with an impaired driver.
To visibly demonstrate the impact of drunk driving, by sharing our story. The basic “don’t drink and drive” message is wide spread, but it can be hard to understand the potential impact on survivors if you have not experienced it yourself or truly spoken with someone who has been impacted. Mallory’s Movement shares the physical impact, but also the emotional, spiritual, and financial impact of drunk driving.
Our number one goal is to reduce the number of drunk driving incidents via direct education efforts.
Mallory’s Movement Against Drunk Driving will speak to thousands of high school and college students to show them that they are not immune to the dangers of drunk driving. Kristen Mallory shares her story from the perspective of the 16 year old that she was when her crash happened. Kristen thought she was invincible before this happened to her. Most students admit to Kristen during our visit, that they also feel invincible. This really hits home because the students we are speaking with are within 5 years of the age Kristen was when her life was changed forever by a drunk driver.
Mallory’s Movement Against Drunk Driving, Inc. will meet with thousands of offenders in Virginia Correctional Centers to show them the effects drinking and driving can have because a large percentage of them have done it in their lifetime. Our goal is to show them the life of one specific victim with the hope that understanding the long-term impact of a single decision can prevent them from making the same devastating decision in the future.
Mallory’s Movement Against Drunk Driving has affiliations with Chesterfield County Schools, the Victim Services Unit of the Virginia Department of Corrections, Chesterfield County Police, Virginia State Police, Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), United States Navy, United States Air Force, JMU SafeRides, Safe Rides Program United and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
We work with these organizations to reach their members – offenders, students, new drivers, police officers, military troops – with a relatable, personal story. At each presentation, we emphasize the difference between the life planned for, and the life actually lived. We demonstrate how surviving is not the same as not being impacted at all. Our presentation is always personal, and is intended to reach people at an emotional level, not just a rational level. We highlight the long term impact on survivors, and teach that these impacts often outlast any prison sentence an offender receives for their actions of drinking and driving. Even when the drunk driving incident does not result in a death, we teach that the impact is more significant than many imagine.
We are striving every day to find new groups that we can get in front of to share our story. We don’t want others to live through what we have.