Please Support Alisa’s Law
August 21, 2014
So far, thousands of MADD supporters have contacted their legislators in support of Alisa’s Law. We’ve helped show Congresswoman Lowey that as she fights for Alisa’s Law, she has us fighting by her side. If you haven’t emailed your legislator yet, you can do that here.
Together, we’ve changed the culture on drunk driving. In 2006, New Mexico was the only state to require all convicted drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock. Today, thanks to you and MADD supporters like you, almost half of all states have passed similar laws.
But we need to keep the fight going to get the other 26 states to pass this lifesaving legislation so that convicted drunk drivers can’t continue to endanger innocent lives.
With your support, this new legislation that bears Alisa’s name can protect another daughter, son, mother, father, sister, or brother from sharing her fate. Please make your urgent tax-deductible contribution today.
“As honored as I am to have this legislation in Alisa’s name, I wish more than anything that we didn’t need an Alisa’s Law, or a Leandra’s Law in New York, or an Emma’s Law in South Carolina, or a Melanie’s Law in Massachusetts – or any more laws to stop this needless and 100% preventable crime.”
– Jan Withers, MADD National President
MADD Statement on Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s DWI
August 19, 2014
MADD supports government officials, regardless of political affiliation, who take drunk driving seriously. At the same time, we are dismayed each time we hear someone has made the choice to drive drunk – especially those we hold to a higher standard, such as elected officials. Drunk driving is 100% preventable and completely unacceptable, no matter the person behind the wheel, their profession or political party.
In the specific case involving Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, MADD Texas publicly expressed disappointment with her actions, and we are grateful that no one was injured or killed. We reiterate that sentiment in light of recent events. Following her sentence, Mrs. Lehmberg offered a monetary donation to MADD Texas, which was accepted and used specifically to serve victims of drunk driving in Texas.
Just like last year's events now being re-played in the media, we want to steer clear of the politics and focus the story on the importance of making the safe choice to designate a non-drinking driver if alcohol is involved.
The U.S Widely Opposes Lowering Drinking Age
August 13, 2014
Power of Parents
According to a new poll released by Gallup, 74 percent of Americans are against lowering the drinking age to 18 while only 25 percent would favor it.
Graph from gallup.com
At MADD, we support the 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age law because it prevents tragedies—decreasing crashes by an estimated sixteen percent and saving more than 25,000 lives. Click here to read more reasons why 21 saves lives.
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To learn more about the current 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age law, click here, and to read the full report from this poll, click here.