By: Dalton Gage Gedeist-Farmer
Mother's Against Drunk Drivers
Mother's Against Drunk Drivers or MADD is a non profit organization focused to stop people from driving intoxicated, to support those affected by it, to prevent underage drinking, and to strive for stricter impaired driving policies, whether that impairment is caused by alcohol or any other drug.
MADD has lobbied to reduce the legal limit for blood alcohol and in 2004 every states legal limit went to .08 but MADD in Canada got their legal limit to .05. The fatalities have greatly reduced from driving while intoxicated since MADD began.
MADD was founded on September 5, 1980, in California by Candace Lightner when her 13-year-old daughter, Cari, was killed by a drunk driver. In 1985 Candace Lightner left MADD she objected to the shifting focus of MADD, and left her position with the organization. There is at least one MADD office in every state of the United States and at least one in each province of Canada founded in 1989. These offices offer victim services and many resources involving alcohol safety. MADD has claimed that drunk driving has been reduced by half since it was founded.