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Two Wrong Way Crashes Kill 11 People
By MADD | February 10, 2014| 4 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

In the early hours of Sunday morning, 11 people were killed on our nation’s highways in two wrong-way crashes. Five people, including four University of South Florida fraternity brothers, died in the crash in Tampa, Florida, and six people, including four relatives, were killed in Diamond Bar, California.

Police arrested a 21-year-old female driver on suspicion of driving under the influence in connection to the California crash that killed six.  The Florida crash is still under investigation, so it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved at this time.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, driver impairment by alcohol was identified by investigators as a factor in 60 percent of fatal wrong-way collisions, and nine percent of wrong-way drivers had been convicted of driving while intoxicated within the three years prior to the wrong-way collision.

Our hearts go out to these families and communities who are dealing with these tragedies. Eleven families now face empty seats at their tables.  Their loss is unimaginable – their pain unspeakable. 

But we want to get the word out to these families and all affected by substance impaired driving that MADD is here to help. Call 877.MADD.HELP (623.3435) to speak with a trained victim advocate, day or night.



Submitted by nick at 07:12 AM on February 16, 2014
MADD was founded by a decent woman with decent intentions. Candy Lightner, whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, set to work raising awareness about the issue and passing legislation about it. She quit the organization in 1985, feeling that MADD had been hijacked and saying that the group had “ become far more neo-prohibitionist than I had ever wanted or envisioned … I didn’t start MADD to deal with alcohol. I started MADD to deal with the issue of drunk driving.” This is a distinction that MADD seems incapable of making.
Submitted by Joanne at 07:34 PM on February 11, 2014
I used to drive that stretch of freeway in Southern California in Diamond Bar as my friend used to attend Cal Poly Pomona. That is usually a heavy traffic area. I hope that both drunk drivers don't get off the hook. I think the one in California is currently facing criminal charges and probably lawsuits.
Submitted by Geetergirl at 03:33 PM on February 11, 2014
I heard on the news a few hours ago that the 21 yr old that caused the Diamond Bar accident was convicted of drunk driving when she was just 17. The restriction on her license was lifted last week.
Submitted by concerned at 04:39 PM on February 10, 2014
i have good question..why do establishments able to sell alcohol to parents when there kids are with them,,most restaurants now serve alcohol..and you know if they are buying alcohol with kids present ,they are going to drive..i know why ..big business so afraid say go to restaurants,amusement parks..numerous other sports.parents are drinking and driving..i think there should be law no sale alcohol in presence of minors..but i never hear anything about this..and i see this all the time...why is that..thank you

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