MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
By: Alexis Nobitz
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
September 5, 1980. It was a small, unassuming kitchen table where one mom started a movement that would significantly change the course of history in the United States and Canada.
The mission or purposes of MADD as stated in its Articles of Incorporation were “To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving."
MADD has also worked to pass ignition interlock laws in 30 states. An ignition interlock is a device that can be wired into the ignition system of a vehicle. A convicted drunk driver must blow into the device in order to start their vehicle. If they have a measurable amount of alcohol in their system, the vehicle will not start. It is a simple and economical way to make sure that offenders can drive to and from work, but that they can’t drive drunk.
According to the MADD.org website:
- Around 300,000 drunk driving incidents occur every day
- There are 10,497 deaths by DUI every year. This simplifies to about 29 deaths a day.
- Even if not all DUI accidents result in death, there are still 290,000 injuries a year.
- People drive drunk more than 300,000 times per day, but only about 2800 are arrested or caught.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Walk Like MADD® provides families and friends impacted by drunk driving the opportunity to gather with others to honor their loved one, feel inspired to end this preventable crime and commit alongside others to do whatever it takes to end it once and for all.
You can also volunteer, donate, and fund-raise for the organization.