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Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, better known by its acronym MADD, is a nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of preventing drunk driving. The grassroots movement began when Candace Lightner, whose 13-year-old daughter was killed in her Sacramento neighborhood by a drunk driver with previous drunk-driving convictions, and a group of her friends determined to get drunk drivers off the road. MADD was incorporated on September 5, 1980, on what would have been Cari Lightner's 14th birthday. Cindy Lamb of Maryland, whose infant daughter Laura became the nation's youngest quadriplegic as the result of an accident caused by a drunk driver (also a repeat offender), joined Lightner later that year and is considered a cofounder of MADD. Their stories replaced statistics with faces of ...

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