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CAPE GAZETI, Friday, November 27 - December 3, 1998 - 27 Nq.'w omcers lead Sussex MADD attack on drunk drivers By Rosanne Pack Some people suffer tragedy and turn inward as they attempt to heal; some take the pain they feel and turn it to energy that helps them reach out to others. Dolly Banks is reaching out and taking a public stand as she works to keep other families from the heartbreak of losing a loved one in an accident caused by a drunk dri- ver. Banks recently took steps to reorganize the Delaware Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and she has the reborn organization well on its way to re- ceiving a charter from the national organization that strives toeducate and advocate. For her efforts, she was also elected as the new president at the organization meeting held earlier this month. She is joined by Lou Ann Maxey, vice president, and Bob Bitter, secretary-treasurer. Although she is not an officer, Banks' daughter-in-law, Tristi Banks, is also taking an active role in the group. The positive work of the group will not stop the pain and feeling of loss that Dolly and Trish Banks still feel over the death of Michael Banks. Dolly's only son and Trish's husband Was killed by a drunk driver when he was only 23. tudes and law enforcement regard- ing drunk driving. --i "In 1996 and '97, there was a I00 percent increase in drunk dri- ving-related fatalities," Banks said. "My son was one of them, If we can create awareness, let peo- ple know that we are here, there's hope that we Can make a differ- ence." Trish Bank; has plans for publi- cizing the work of Delaware MADD and she wants to see the group establish a presence at com- munity events throughout the state. "We have to think in terms of changing people, one person at a time," she said. "I have talked with others who are active in DUI programs and those who are will- ing to help with setting up MADD booths and establishing victim's advocate programs." Ro.nne Pack photo The recently reorganized Delaware MADD Chapter has a new slate of officers to lead the group that is dedicated to fighting drunk driving and aiding victim of drunk driving of- fenses. Elected at the November organizational meeting are seated (I-r) Mary Lou Maxey, vice president; Dolly Banks, However, as they move on with president; standing Bob Bitter, secretary-treasurer; and their lives, they are determined to David Elzey, victim advocate for MADD, Lower Eastern Shore work to make a difference in atti- Maryland. ,~ Plans to increase the organiza- tion's visibility include having booths at fairs and craft shows, health fairs and school events. MADD frequently supplies speak- ers and panel leaders to driver's education programs. Included in other work: of the nonprofit orga- nization are lobbying for stricter drunk driving laws, working with support groups for victims and monitoring court cases involving DUI offenders. Dolly Banks said that the initial work of Delaware MADD will in- clude the following: participating in public awareness events, pro- viding education, working with law enforcement and public safety agencies, and scheduling fund- raising events. One of the new president's pri- orities is to get a Victim Impact Panel formed in Delaware. She said such panels have proven to be effective in reducing drunk dri- ving in other states and they also provide an outlet and some com- fort to victims of drunk drivers. "This allows the victims, their parents, husbands and wives, sib- lings and friends, to take their sto- ries to the offender, and some- times even to the families and friends of the offender," she said. She sees the lack of DUI vic- tims' advocacy as a void in the Continued on page 28 BOZIE'S PRODUCE Fresh Fruits, Nuts & Veggi. Fresh Baked Pies & Cakes Cemetery Arrangements Boe's produce- Fine Produce For Fine People Open Daily 10.5 Sunday. 10.3 227.6370" Highway One, Dewey Beach We'll be open until December 24th ' SOUTH MOON UNDER ' Casual Clothing, Surfboards & Swimwear .... : ..  " ::  .' for Men & Women  120 hoboth gve. Rehoboth Beach 302-227-3806 Rehoboth Ocean City Towson Bethesda Annapolis iiiiiiiiiii!iii!!ii!iiii!iiiii!i!iiiiii!iiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiitiiii!iiiii: iiii!iiii!i!!iiiiiiiiiii!ii!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!i!iiii!iii!iiii!i: ' .iiiiiii!i!iiii!iiiiiiiiiiiii!i!iiiiiiii!ii!iiiiii!iii!!!i!!!ii!iii!i!  :i!iiiiiiiiiiiii:iii:iiii!iii:ii:iii!i!iiiiiii!iiiiiiiii:ii!i:i:ilii :i::i;ii!:!i!:i!iiiil;!ii:!:!: !!: LOOKING !FOR i Does not opp/y to previous price quotes or promotions .. one item* qF L JL Friday Nov. 27th. ONLY! Stuart Kingston-. Inc. Since 1930 *Must bring coupon in to receive discount Locatedor lhe North end of the Rehobolh Beoch Boabolk ne to lhe Henlopen Hold Coil (302)227-2524