MADD Promotes Ignition Interlock Laws in Response to NHTSA Data

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The controller and vice president of accounting at GridLiance, Tim Salvesen has spent the past 15 years working in the finance industry. An active member of his community, Tim Salvesen has contributed to several organizations in the past, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Since its founding in 1980, MADD has worked to reduce drunk driving and drunk driving accidents. Despite its many efforts, the organization called for continued work following the release of a recent accident report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the report, 35,092 individuals died in traffic crashes in 2015. Of these, 10,265, or just under 30 percent, involved drunk driving.

These results show an increase from 2014, which was the first year since 2011 that drunk driving crashed fell below 10,000. MADD used the new data to highlight the importance of its Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. The campaign’s primary feature is promoting the addition of ignition interlock laws in individual states which has helped reduce drunk driving deaths by 24 percent. NHTSA’s data supports the positive impact of these interlock laws by showing that the states that have enacted them have seen continued decreases in drunk driving deaths.

Currently, 28 states, along with the District of Columbia, have enacted ignition interlock laws. These states have seen up to 50 percent reductions in drunk driving deaths since the laws were passed. MADD continues to work to get these laws passed in the remaining states to further reduce the number of deaths reported each year.


Running in Cold Weather

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Running in Cold Weather

For more than a decade, Tim Salvesen has worked in the finance and accounting field. A licensed CPA, he serves as vice president of accounting and controller at GridLiance in Illinois. In his free time, Tim Salvesen enjoys running.

Running in the cold requires a great deal of motivation and commitment. One of the best ways to keep this level of motivation is by finding a group of runners to hold you accountable. If this is not possible for your schedule, try making a deal with yourself. If you stay outside for at least 5 minutes, then you can go back inside if the weather is that bad. More often than not, you will likely just stay outdoors. If you have the motivation to run, then you also need the proper clothes and protection. Wear shoes that limit the water infiltration and dress warmly. A good rule of thumb is to dress for weather that is 20 degrees warmer than it really is. This allows you to stay warm without overheating once you start sweating.

Beyond motivation and attire, winter running can come with a few added safety measures. Since it usually gets darker during winter, try switching your runs to daylight hours. This keeps you from running in the dark and makes it easier to see cold-weather dangers such as large puddles or ice. If you see any areas that you suspect have ice, slow your run to a walk across the area. Finally, you can reduce the extra chill of wind by finishing a run with the breeze at your back.

Ways to Be More Productive While Traveling for Business

As a top-level executive for an energy-industry firm, Tim Salvesen often travels for business. Tim Salvesen meets clients both locally and internationally.

To make business trips more productive, professionals may want to:

1. Download productivity apps – Using technology, business can be done anywhere, anytime. Certain apps, such as Boingo Hotspot, allow anyone to connect to Wi-Fi while waiting for a flight. Evernote is particularly useful in compiling notes and tasks.

2. Work ahead – Before traveling, make sure to prioritize and complete complex projects. Putting in extra hours to finish what can be done ahead enables business travelers to focus on their travel agendas.

3. Join a co-working space – Co-working spaces provide business travelers proper desk space with basic resources needed to accomplish simple tasks. These mobile office spaces are usually available for use through membership fees.

4. Take advantage of layovers – If the next trip or connecting flight is more than 45 minutes away, proceed to the boarding gate and start completing simple work tasks. For instance, make phone calls and read emails while waiting.