Joan Eddowes’ efforts to reduce the senseless carnage caused by impaired driving began in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1991. After suffering the tragic and untimely death of her 17 year old son Mark at the hands of a drinking driver, and experiencing firsthand the pain and anguish associated with such a loss, Ms. Eddowes believed she could be of assistance to other innocent victims of this violent crime.
On December 31, 1993, Joan and four other anti DUI advocates co-founded STOP DUI, Inc. STOP DUI is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping the violent crime of driving under the influence and assisting the innocent victims of this crime. Joan is the Executive Secretary and assists with all aspects of the organizations development and activities.
Ms. Eddowes volunteers as a DUI Victim Advocate and speaker on the STOP DUI Victim Impact Panels. She has given numerous media interviews and presentations to DUI offenders, high school students and others. Joan contributes countless hours participating in DUI education and awareness programs throughout the community. On December 12, 2008, Ms. Eddowes was the guest speaker for the UMC Trauma Center DUI Holiday Awareness Campaign “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose”.
Joan’s passion and commitment to helping save lives has been unwavering for nearly two decades. She became the first recipient of the prestigious “Debbie Lingner Courage Award” and has received Congressional and Senatorial recognition for her community service efforts. Ms. Eddowes achievements are featured in “Distinguished Women in Southern Nevada” – Library of Congress.
Joan has been employed by American Pacific Corporation of Las Vegas since 1990 and is currently Customer Service and Technical Support to the Halotron Division.
Ms. Eddowes is married, has five grandchildren and has resided in Clark County Nevada since 1990.
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