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.


The American Cancer Society’s Views on Daily Aspirin Use

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Daily Aspirin Use

Tim Salvesen, CPA, serves as vice president of GridLiance in Chicago, Illinois. Outside of his professional obligations, Tim Salvesen often supports charitable organizations that are important to him. In the recent past, he has worked with the American Cancer Society (ACS) in remembrance of his mother.

In response to several recent news reports, the ACS released a statement about aspirin and its role in preventing cancer. According to the ACS, aspirin does have a link to a decreased risk of colorectal cancer. Research suggests that daily aspirin use can mitigate the risk of developing this specific type of cancer.

However, the ACS suggests that the risks of daily aspirin use might outweigh the potential benefits for some people. Overuse of aspirin can lead to internal bleeding and other severe side effects. As a result, the ACS suggests that the public refrain from using aspirin solely to prevent cancer and urges people to visit a doctor before starting a new aspirin regimen.

Three Ways to Volunteer with Mothers Against Drunk Driving

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Tim Salvesen, a CPA and the vice president of Gridliance, is an active volunteer with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). MADD was formed in 1980 and fights to end drunk and drugged driving and support the victims of these crimes. For individuals like Tim Salvesen who want to assist MADD in its mission, there are several ways to do so.

1. Become an advocate
After becoming familiar with where MADD stands on various policy issues, you can contact your legislators, working to strengthen certain existing laws and pass new ones that will benefit the organization’s cause.

2. Fund-raise
A common way to raise funds is by participating in a Walk Like MADD event or joining online as a virtual walker.

3. Engage in Your Community
You can run information booths or assist in hosting MADD activities. Other options include taking on a leadership role by serving on a local advisory board.

Chicago Chapter of American Cancer Society Sponsors Walk & Roll

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American Cancer Society

In September 2015, Tim Salvesen began working for GridLiance in Chicago, Illinois, where he serve as vice president and corporate controller. Prior to that, he spent over a decade working at KPMG as an audit senior manager. Motivated by his mother’s passing as a result of lung cancer in 2010, Tim Salvesen has previously led KPMG’s Chicago office in working with the nonprofit American Cancer Society (ACS).

Established more than 100 years ago, the ACS remains dedicated to eliminating cancer, saving lives, and limiting suffering caused by cancer. In order to best reach out to its millions of supporters, the ACS consists of chapters scattered across the globe, with several dozen found in the United States.

To help it raise money, the ACS hosts a variety of events throughout the country. The Chicago region hosted a Walk & Roll on April 23, 2016, at Soldier Field. This family-friendly fundraising event began in 1971 as a bike-a-thon, and later included a run, walk, or skate. Participants had the option of partaking in a 5K walk or run, 10K skate, or 15K bike ride. With more than 2,900 participants and 185 teams, the event raised over $504,000.