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Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD)

  • By: Kirsten Isgro
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), incorporated in 1980, is a U.S.-based organization with a mission to stop drunk driving, prevent underage alcohol consumption, and offer support to victims. With approximately 2 million members, volunteers, and supporters and an annual budget of over $50 million, MADD has established itself as a respected, yet controversial, advocacy group. Candy Lightner founded MADD after her daughter, Cari, was killed by a repeat drunk-driving offender. Cindy Lamb—whose daughter, Laura, became the nation's youngest quadriplegic as a result of a drunk driving crash—soon joined Lightner to strengthen state laws against driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Despite its name, MADD is open to men, women, and children.

History of MADD

Since its inception, MADD has helped change perceptions of ...

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