By Indya Neely
The organization was founded on September 5, 1980, in California by Candance Lightner after her 13-year-old daughter, Cari, was killed by a drunk driver.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a nonprofit organization in the United States and Canada that seeks to stop drunk driving, support those affected by drunk driving, prevent underage drinking, and strive for stricter impaired driving policy.
"The rise opiates across the nation and the effect it has on the safety of our roadways is a huge concern for MADD. In fact, my 18-year old son Dustin was killed because of the underage driver of the car he was in chose to drink alcohol, do drugs and get behind the wheel. This is why MADD is working hard day and night to fight drunk and drugged driving."
In 2015, 10,625 died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (29%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Of the 1, 1,132 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2015, 209 (16%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
Thanks to non-drinking designated drivers, taxis, public transportation and ride sharing apps, there’s no excuse to drive drunk. And buckle up every time. Wearing a seatbelt is the best defense against a drunk driver. Take personal responsibility for keeping our shared roadways safe by planning ahead to get home safely if your night includes alcohol.