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No more drunk driving!

By A.J. Davidson

MADD had it's beginnings when Cari Lightner, a soft-ball player 13 years old was killed in May 3,1980 in Fair Oaks, Califronia. A man was driving drunk only two days after a 4th DUI arrest and he hit her and killed her. MADD got its start in California but rose to become nationwide.


Mission Statement

Their mission statement is "to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking.”

When MADD launched it's campaign to end drunk driving only one state had an all offender ignition interlock law.Now at least 24 more states have passed all offender ignition interlock legislations. In 2014, eight states  also have improved such legislation by ensuring the ending of loopholes.


Why drunk driving is bad

At least once  by the time of two minutes , an accident has happened involving drunk driving that has injuring to a person.On average, two out of three persons will be a part of a drunk  related car accident at some point within their lifetime. Drunk driving in the U.S. alone costs about $132 billion per year.

Why you should support MADD

In the year 2013 10,076 people were killed because of drunk driving. However, this was also a 55% drop in deaths since MADD's founding in 1980. MADD has been glad to help keep nearly 330,000 alive, and that number continues to rise. By the year 1995, Zero Tolerance was put to law which made it illegal for someone under the age of 21 to drive with alcohol in their systems and by 1998, this legislation was put to law officialy in all the 50 states.

How you can get involved

Always take care to watch yourself and others when it comes to driving safety.You can donate to MADD on their website. You can look at DUI cases to ensure justice prevails in our courts. Email legislators about strengthening existing laws.

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