First anti-DWI citizen action group. Began in 1978
First computer-assisted volunteer DWI sentencing research. 1979
First victims’ rally and candlelight vigil, Albany, NY March 1980
First omnibus anti-DWI bill package passed, NY May 1980
First court mandated victim impact panel, Oswego County, RID 1981
STOP-DWI self-funding program enforcement in NY counties, Unique to New York 1981.
Mother’s Day Memorial Balloonaway, May 1981 held in 17 United States cities.
Victim Rights Manual, 1982
Lights for Life Memorial Motorcade, April, 1982 Rochester, NY City
First DWI victim impact statement, Albany County Court, 1982
First Handbook for DWI activists: “How Can I Help” 1982
First mandated adult primary seatbelt law in U.S. N.Y. 1984
First launching of the national RID SNAP Campaign (Sane National Alcohol Policy) to curb alcohol ads aimed at youth.
SNAP adopted entirely by former Surgeon Gen. Koop Workshop in 1988.
RIDley to the Rescue, Child’s safety-pet seatbelt campaign, 1989
Grassroots Media Action Manual, 1997
First national TV expose produced by RID, aired by Maury Povich Show on alcohol poisoning & teen binge drinking. December 1992
First national press conference & White House rally on alcohol poisoning. May, 1994
First video assisted youth education program on binge drinking and alcohol poisoning featuring parents of victims of alcohol poisoning. Comes with trainer’s guide. Called “Without Warning” 17 minute video. June 1996. See Main Menu.