Campaigns by local groups against impaired driving with a non-profit organization
COLUMBUS – A local group is using their platform to make a difference and urging Ohioans to think twice before driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Mackenzie Coyne is the singer and lead guitarist of “Hello Luna”, a Columbus-based rock band. The group recently teamed up with the Ohio chapter of “Recording Artists Against Drunk Driving” for a new project.
âIt was basically us playing our original songs, and then they had a segment where we interviewed someone,â Coyne said. “We just talked about our music and how we felt about RADD.”
Early data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows fatal crashes involving alcohol increased 9% in 2020 compared to 2019.
RADD Ohio, a national nonprofit organization that has been in existence for 40 years, works to reduce alcohol and drug-related impaired driving.
The organization encourages people to make a plan to get home safely before going out. They spread their message through projects with bands like “Hello Luna”, and by partnering with colleges and setting up booths at concerts.
âBeing in the music industry, there are a lot of parties and there’s a dark side to it,â Coyne said. âSo anything I can do to talk about it and create a safer space for everyone is great. “