Mothers Against Drunk Driving

What does it deal with?

Drunk/drugged driving.

Why was it created?

Candy Lightner founded MADD in 1980 after her daughter, Cari, was killed by a repeat drunk driving offender.


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

People it Reaches

300,000 lives (and counting) have been saved. The NFL, Nationwide and Statefarm are all presenting sponsors. A person in the national office recieves over 200 phone calls and emails a month.  MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors serving one person every 8 minutes for FREE.

Why Should You Join?

3Members of MADD are working to change legislative laws and implement car breathalyzers and checkpoints.If a member of Nationwide Insurance, discounts and bonuses are given. Supporting your local MADD affiliate can help with their cause. Victim support groups are also provided, newsletters, constant helplines, and a court liason is sent with members if they come to be a victim of drunk driving.

How it functions:

MADD has different sponsors and affiliates all over the country.  There are over 1,200 victim advocates in 48 states that serve victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving. There is a MADD office in Sylvania that takes donations and is available for support for everyone and to answer any questions.

Data Supporting Success:

In 2012, over 10,000 people sent over 33,000 emails to their legislators about drunk driving or underage drinking issues.  Their goal was to decrease the number of underage drinkers by five percent from 2009 to 2013. From 2009 to 2012, annual use of alcohol by 8th, 10th, and 12th graders fell by 22%, 8%, and 4%.

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