ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- If you made your way through a Thruway toll Friday, than you probably got a red ribbon. Mothers Against Drunk Driving had them passed out as part of their 26th annual Tie One on for Safety Campaign.
The hope is to increase awareness about driving safe and sober across the entire state. And with 18,000 ribbons passed out, organizers hope people will take the pledge and change the statistics.
"Having experienced loss myself, years ago, I'm aware of what the large impact is that this has on families and on the community," said Rachael Browngardt, MADD victim services.
NYSP Trooper Robin Urbaniak said, "We've seen over the years people being more aware has really helped. We get a lot of people who get designated drivers now that we never used to see and things like that."
MADD has 18 chapters across New York State.