Mark Madeja
Public Affairs Manager
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AAA Contacts:


Leslie Gamble,Manager, Public & Government Affairs

Mark Madeja, Sr. Specialist, Public & Government Affairs









Join us as area bartenders compete for $2,000 in prize money in the


Monday, Nov. 13, 1 – 2 p.m.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sequoyah Convention Center

(use Parking Lot A)


Original, festive recipes for zero-proof beverages will be concocted for a panel of 5 local judges. The winning bartender takes home $1,000.


It’s a fun way to focus on a serious problem: drinking and driving.

AAA wants to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes (and deaths)

during the holidays:


In Oklahoma, some 35% of motor vehicle crashes are alcohol-related.

That jumps to 40% during the holidays.



Tips for party givers:


A – Alcohol Alertness

  • Ask each group of guests to pre-plan for a designated driver who will enjoy the delicious non-alcoholic drinks you provide and drive the group home.
  • Collect all drivers’ keys in a bowl when guests arrive.
  • Mix drinks yourself; avoid open bars.
  • Limit mixing drinks with carbonated beverages; they increase alcohol absorption.
  • Close your bar 90 minutes before your party is over. Don’t offer, “one for the road.”


B – Buffet

  • Serve high-protein foods (meats & cheeses). Cheese fondues and cheese balls are good, too. They stay in the stomach longer and slow down intoxication. The same goes for starchy foods like mashed potatoes and beans.
  • Go light on salty foods. They make guests thirsty and speed up intoxication. Offer raw veggies and low-salt crackers.


C – Carpool

  • Only TIME can make guests sober – not coffee or cold showers. It takes about 1 hour to burn off an average drink, 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or 1 ½ ounces of liquor. They all contain about the same amount of alcohol.
  • Designate someone who’s not drinking to assess guests when they are ready to leave and make sure they are not intoxicated. The ‘roadwise’ host is in charge of the bowl of keys and hands them out only to those who aren’t showing signs of intoxication.
  • Guests who are sleepy, giddy, overly talkative or uncoordinated are under the influence. Arrange rides for them or invite them to sleep over. If guests get irate, ‘hide’ their keys until they find a ride home.
  • The first ability affected by alcohol is judgment and decision-making. For some people, it only takes one drink for reflexes and judgment needed for driving to be impaired. It’s not a weakness. It’s a reality.
  • If a guest would be unsafe behind the wheel, call a cab, uber or AAA Tipsy Tow (11/22 – 27 and 12/15 – 1/2).


REMEMBER:A host who feels like he has lost a friend one night will have an

even better friend the next morning.


Together with AAA, the ABLE Commission, Stop DUI

and The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa are sponsors of this event.



AAA provides automotive, travel, and insurance services to 58million members nationwide and more than 400,000 members in Oklahoma.AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. AAA is a not-for-profit, fully tax-paying member organization works on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel, and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app ( for iPhone, iPad and Android.For more information,


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TEDx Wilmington Salon

Who's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.

This event had:

  • 12 live talks given by 13 speakers
  • 368 people in attendance at the live event
  • More than 7,500 viewed the event online through Livestream, viewing events, and on the AAA Associate network
  • Online viewers came from all 50 states and approximately 30 countries around the world

View a slideshow from the event

This TEDx WilmingtonSalon was organized in partnership with AAA

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