MADD's Position Statements: Other Positions

Safe Ride Programs

In order to ensure that the transportation choices are safe and reliable, MADD believes that decisions and arrangements should be made before drinking begins. MADD supports using non-drinking designated drivers, public transportation, safe ride programs, or other means of traveling safely after drinking alcohol for individuals 21 and older. 

MADD fully understands all of the harms and risks associated with underage drinking and supports the 21 minimum drinking age law. MADD advocates enforcement of underage drinking laws, therefore MADD cannot condone the marketing of safe ride programs to those under the legal drinking age. We do support youth under the age of 21 to obtain a safe ride home. (Updated November 2014)

Insurance Industry Barriers

MADD believes that medical benefits coverage in health insurance policies should permit hospital personnel to screen trauma patients (including blood alcohol testing) for alcohol treatment as necessary. In order to achieve this hospital intervention, MADD supports the removal of exclusionary coverage provisions which provide any barrier to medical or drug and alcohol treatment in health insurance policies and the elimination of sections of state laws and regulatory policies that allow such exclusions. (Adopted February 2001)

DWI Fees, Fines and Assessments - Self-Sufficiency Programs

MADD supports efforts to provide funds for impaired driving programs including adequate DWI/DUI prevention, deterrence programs, education, law enforcement, substance abuse treatment and victim assistance through the use of offender-generated fees and fines as well as other assessments including alcohol beverage taxes to ensure a reliable source of funding for effective programs and to place the burden of these programs where it belongs; on the drunk driver.

Alcohol Taxation and Health Care Prevention

MADD supports a prevention component to health care reform and supports a substantial increase in taxation on alcoholic beverages as a means of covering the cost to society caused by misuse of alcohol and as a means of supporting prevention programs including countermeasures to alcohol-impaired driving.

Excise Taxes on Alcoholic Beverages

MADD supports an increase on wine and beer to the alcohol equivalent of taxes on distilled spirits, and the indexation of tax rates applicable to alcoholic beverages as a means of recovering costs to society caused by misuse of alcohol and as a means of supporting prevention programs including countermeasures to alcohol-impaired driving. MADD does not support decreasing the excise tax on any alcoholic beverage.

Use of Diversionary and Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) Programs

MADD opposes the use of diversionary, Probation Before Judgment or similar programs which would enable offenders charged with DUI/DWI offenses to avoid (a) statutory sanctions that would otherwise be imposed upon arrest and/or conviction and (b) record of conviction and license sanctions.

MADD's Relationships with the Alcohol Industry

It is essential to define what types of working relationships MADD can enter into with the alcohol industry.

The term "alcohol industry," is defined to include the following entities or their representatives:

  1. Alcohol producers include distillers, brewers and wineries.
  2. Alcohol distributors and wholesalers whose primary income comes from trade in alcohol products, with exception of government entities.
  3. Retailers whose primary income comes from trade in alcohol products, with the exception of government entities.
  4. Alcohol trade associations whose principal mission is to further the business interests of alcohol producers, distributors, wholesalers or retailers.
  5. Non-profit public service organization that receive the majority of their funds from alcohol interests, either directly or indirectly.

MADD reiterates its policy of not accepting funding or in?kind contributions from the alcohol industry, as defined in this position statement.

By this position statement, MADD establishes the following policies regarding working with the alcohol industry:

  1. Dialog includes consultations and conversations, discussions, or other exchanges of information or ideas, either formal or informal. Nothing in this position statement shall be construed as to prohibit any form of dialogue by MADD with the alcohol industry or its representatives.
  2. Collaboration includes joint projects or other cooperative ventures that do not entail either a legal partnership of membership in a formal coalition. Collaboration by MADD with the alcohol industry or its representatives is not prohibited, unless and until a prohibition against a specific entity has been approved by majority vote of the National Board of Directors.
  3. MADD membership in an incorporated or otherwise formal coalition that is led or controlled by or receives the majority of its funding from the alcohol industry is prohibited, unless and until an exception has been approved by majority vote of the National Board of Directors.
  4. MADD shall not work in legal partnership with the alcohol industry or its representatives, as established through an enforceable contract or any other legal mechanism, unless and until and exception has been approved by majority vote of the National Board of Directors.

Pre-Employment Alcohol Testing

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hereby supports a revision in requirements under the Transportation Employee Testing Act to call for mandatory post-hiring/pre-duty alcohol testing, rather than pre-employment testing, of all workers in safety-sensitive positions in the transportation industry. MADD continues to support strict and increased enforcement of mandatory random, post-crash and for-cause alcohol testing as well as any other testing requirements under current law.

Operating Under the Influence

MADD is opposed to the operation of any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. MADD supports legislation that would impose effective sanctions against offenders charged with the crimes of operating or being in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, boat, aircraft, rail or personal recreational motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Resolution on Wireless Telephone Communications for Reporting Drunk Drivers and Traffic Emergencies

WHEREAS, MADD has long advocated that its members and the public at large report suspected impaired drivers to law enforcement; and

WHEREAS, MADD recognizes the benefits of wireless telephones in vehicles for the purpose of reporting suspected impaired drivers as well as for prompt response to medical emergencies following traffic crashes and other emergency situations;

THEREFORE, MADD supports the use of wireless telephones in this manner as an additional tool which can play an important role in the war against drunk driving.

FURTHER, MADD hereby encourages and supports a strong education program for wireless communications users in the proper and safe use of this technology and in its use to report suspected drunk drivers, crashes and other traffic safety-related emergencies.

Medical Personnel/BAC Reporting on Injured Drivers

Mothers Against Drunk Driving supports legislation that would require hospital or medical personnel to report to local law enforcement agencies, as soon as reasonably possible, positive blood alcohol test results of individuals involved in vehicle crashes where such tests results are known as a result of treatment. Such laws should also provide immunity from liability to the hospital, medical facility, or personnel providing such information. (Adopted October 1997)

Enhanced/Escalating Penalties For DUI/DWI Based On Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) Level

As part of the progressive sanctions approach to impaired driving and in an effort to impact the higher risk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) supports legislation that would provide for enhanced or escalating penalties for drivers convicted of DUI/DWI whose blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of arrest was .15 or higher

Occupant Protection

MADD advocates increased use of occupant protection for all motor vehicle drivers and passengers and recognizes the need for publicized, enforced safety belt and child seat laws as a major defense against alcohol- and other drug-impaired drivers.

Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Regulation Enforcement

MADD advocates increased enforcement of alcohol beverage control regulations as well as more stringent license action penalties for establishments not in compliance with those regulations.

Personal Alcohol Tests

MADD does not support the use of personal alcohol tests to assist a driver in making decisions about his or her ability to safely operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcoholic beverages.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Alcohol is the most dangerous drug on our nation’s roadways, causing nearly one-third of all traffic deaths each year. MADD acknowledges the problem of driving under the influence of drugs other than alcohol (DUID*) and its consequences. Driving under the influence of a drug that impairs one’s ability to drive can result in needless traffic deaths and injuries.

MADD supports the enforcement, prosecution, and adjudication of DUID laws and a victim's right of recovery in crashes caused by drug-impaired drivers. MADD will continue to monitor research developments on the drug-impaired driving problem.

*DUID commonly refers to drugs other than alcohol.

Trauma and Emergency Care

MADD encourages trauma and emergency care clinicians to screen their patients for alcohol use problems. If a health care professional identifies a patient who is misusing alcohol, he or she should advise the patient about the potential risks of their drinking - including drunk driving crashes. In addition, he or she should have information about available resources to help the patient with their problem.

Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP)

MADD supports the use of specialized DUI prosecutor trainers, also known as Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP), and specialized DUI trial prosecutors.

Racial Profiling

MADD supports continued efforts to eliminate racial profiling and enforce drunk driving and underage drinking laws effectively and without prejudice.

MADD supports law enforcement’s efforts to protect society from needless death and injury by strictly enforcing alcohol impaired driving and underage drinking laws. While the enforcement of traffic laws is essential in keeping our nation’s highways safe, MADD also realizes any enforcement of our laws needs to be accomplished with prejudice, while protecting those individual rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution, and treating everyone with dignity and respect.

MADD strongly supports accurate and appropriate data collection on traffic stops to identify and discourage improprieties and provide the information needed to enact appropriate policies and strategies. MADD also supports implementation of video cameras to document activities and protect both the officer and community.

MADD strongly encourages law enforcement agencies to continue implementing appropriate policies and procedures to ensure that racial profiling does not occur and to investigate allegations of racial profiling and take immediate action on any proven violations.