Two well-known organizations, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), were established to educate others about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a grass roots, non-profit organization that emerged from tragedy in 1980. MADD started with a loosely assembled group of brokenhearted mothers. Today, it is the largest crime victim's association organization in the world with more two (2) million members and supporters.
MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violet crime and prevent underage drinking. MADD is about committed spirits and determined volunteers. It is the embodiment of victim support and assistance. Due to MADD's inception, alcohol-related traffic fatalities have declined 43%. Still, however, alcohol-related deaths are again on the rise and underage drinking levels have reached a plateau. Now more than ever, MADD needs our help keeping our roadways safe and supporting victims of this violent crime. "We are always looking for creative ways to educate people on alcohol impairment and illustrate ways it can ultimately affect our ability to drive, said Wendy Hamilton, MADD national president.
It is painfully clear that recent public and political complacency is taking its toll on precious lives. MADD calls on leaders at every level, the Administration, the Congress, state and local leaders and the private sector to focus much need attention and
resources on the drunk driving problems. They urge Congress to use this historic opportunity to make highway safety the top priority in the current reauthorization of TEA-21, the multi-year, multi-billion dollar transportation funding legislation currently pending on Capitol Hill.
In this regard, MADD was successful. They applauded Congressman Steve Chabot for introducing Constitutional Amendment for Victim's Rights to the US Constitution.