From its humble beginnings in 1980, MADD has evolved into one of the most influential and widely supported non-profit organizations in America. Learn about how MADD first started, the history of our fight against drunk driving and some of our victories along the way.
When MADD was founded in 1980, an estimated 25,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes each year. Since then, we've been able to cut that deadly toll by more than half, but there is still more work to be done.
The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.
The History of MADD
On September 5, 1980, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) was incorporated and the mission 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."
Mothers Against Drunk Driving