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MADD Remembers Beckie Brown
By MADD | November 7, 2012| 7 Comments | Filed in: General

It is with great sadness that we must announce that former MADD National President Rebecca “Beckie” Brown passed away on November 6, 2012.  Rebecca was elected to MADD’s national board in 1986 and founded and served as chair of the Public Policy Committee from 1987 until 1990.  She served as National President from 1993 to 1995.

 Marcus Brown

Like so many, she came to MADD due to tragedy.  On December 8, 1979, Beckie and her husband, Charlie, were driving home from a party when police cars raced past them. As they came upon the scene of the crash, they realized that someone had been killed. An instant later, they were devastated to discover that the victim was their 18-year-old son, Marcus. He was killed by a 19-year-old drunk driver.

After that tragedy, Beckie channeled her grief into the fight against drunk driving.  She founded MADD's chapter in Pasco County, Fla., and helped to form Florida's state organization. 

Soon, Beckie realized that legislative work was her passion. She worked tirelessly to help pass the 21 drinking age law in Florida, realizing that Marcus might have been alive had such a law been in place in 1979.  She also worked hard on the national 21 Minimum Drinking Age Law and was in Washington, D.C., on July 17, 1984, when President Reagan signed it into law. 

Known for continually asking what MADD can do to save more lives, Beckie became the catalyst behind the development of a series of Impaired Driving Workshops. In her pursuit of solutions, Beckie served in a key role in the development of National Sobriety Checkpoint Week and spearheaded the creation of MADD’s Rating the States program, which rates individual state’s efforts in the fight to prevent drunk driving.

Perhaps her greatest accomplishment was laying the foundation for MADD’s “20 x 2000,” a five-point plan to reduce alcohol-related deaths by an additional 20 percent by the year 2000—a goal that was accomplished three years ahead of schedule.

Her presence will be missed; however, her legacy lives on as we work hard every day to pass tougher laws and implement sound public policy.



Submitted by Kathy at 12:46 PM on May 17, 2013
RIP to her and her son!
Submitted by PB at 05:07 PM on March 26, 2013
I was Marc's girlfriend at the time of the accident and still I have no idea how I survived. I have been taking care of Marc's grave since I was 16 and will be 50 this year. Becky Brown is the reason lives have been saved and laws have been changed. She made sure everyone knew what happens when you drink and drive. A senseless accident that kills and injuries people every day. It's very simple, if you drink, don't drive. Becky was someone I admired for her determination and her hard work with MADD. She is the reason for changes and will be missed.
Submitted by fulfam at 11:28 PM on December 8, 2012
Require breathalizers installed in all cars by the auto manufactures just like seatbelts. I do not understand why this is never considered.
Submitted by Mary Jo at 06:17 AM on November 11, 2012
No words other than devasting when my cousin Mark was killed by a drunk driver - Laws were change due to my Aunt's efforts and hard work but that doesnt bring them back. Family gathering's , events, wedding's things like this are never the same you are always missing them even in the silence we think of them often and what would it have been like if this tragedy didnt happen ? Marc didn't die in vien , his mother made sure people needed to recognize the devastion that this senseless act causes and help change laws but still 30 years later people dont get it - if you choose to drink just dont drive - it's so simple. Aunt Beckie you are now with Michael and Mark ,I know they are embrassing you tightly and you are finely at peace.
Submitted by n291829 at 06:24 PM on November 8, 2012
Cannabis is now a legal drug in Washington State. I am a Chemical Dependency Professional. I know all there is to know about the potential medical issues it causes, and will continue to cause. DUI issues, and future employment issues. No on took the time to inform the public of what they are getting themselves into.
Submitted by atrain at 05:52 PM on November 8, 2012
May she embrace her son for the rest of her life, R.I.P.
Submitted by Shelly at 09:41 AM on November 8, 2012
My Aunt was killed by a drunk driver. I support MADD completely and am saddened by this news. R.I.P. Beckie. My prayers are with your family, friends, and the MADD program!

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