Reflecting on 2011

As the year comes to a close, I reflect on all of our 2011 achievements.  With your help, this year we:

  • served more than 60,000 victims, survivors and others impacted by drunk and drugged driving
  • extended all offender ignition interlock laws to 15 states
  • held our first annual PowerTalk21 Day®
  • celebrated our fifth anniversary of the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® by releasing a Report to the Nation
  • reached the milestone of cutting drunk driving by more than half since MADD was founded
  • held 51 Walk Like MADD events across the country

But our fight is far from over.  Each year, more than 10,000 people are killed by drunk driving, and hundreds of thousands more are injured. 

In 2012, with your support, we will continue to advocate for technology that can turn cars into the cure for drunk driving, help parents start an ongoing dialogue with their children about the dangers of underage drinking, increase sobriety checkpoints, push for designated drivers, and help more than 60,000 victims, friends, family members and loved ones dealing with this horrific crime.

But we can’t do it alone.  Please consider making a donation to MADD before midnight, December 31st so we can get a great start for 2012 in the fight against drunk driving (and you can receive a 2011 tax deduction*).

Thank you, and have a safe and happy holiday season,

Jan Withers
MADD National President


*Donations are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Happy Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for too many families, they are filled with tragedy.  In fact, 43% of driving fatalities on Christmas Day are alcohol-related. 


During this time of year when drunk driving crashes are most prevalent, MADD urges everyone to do their part in keeping our roads safe this holiday season by:

As you celebrate the holidays this year please remember to put safety before the party this holiday season by assigning a sober designated driver to get everyone home, and remind others to do the same.

Happy Holidays from your friends at MADD.

The Magic of MADD

I often tell folks that when I reached out to MADD I didn’t just receive help, I received hope.  That hope rests in the beauty of the many people in MADD, people who believe and never give up in moving toward a nation with no more drunk driving, people who passionately go the extra mile, and people who care – who are dedicated to saving lives and are devoted to supporting those who have been victimized.   Many are courageous individuals who have been victimized by drunk driving and want no one else to suffer what they have and others have never been victimized, devoting themselves to making this world better.  I am so moved by everyone in our MADD family wherever I travel.  Each individual is an inspiration and I am uplifted in their gifts.

Here are a few of our wonderful MADD family in Orlando, Florida, who gathered for two days to do some strategic planning, culminating with a lovely Candlelight Vigil.

Sally, Helen, Victoria, Roberto, Carol, Jan
Dave Pinsker & Jan
Jan with Mike Cage 
Glynn Birch, Yolanda and Lennie Larson

     Then our MADD New Jersey family gathered to do their own strategic planning.

Fran and Maria

New Jersey volunteers with Vicki Knox and James Bryant

Below are individuals who attended the National Tribal Transportation Conference who are focused on protecting citizens in tribal nations from impaired driving and underage drinking.

The Anniversary of our Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving celebrated the hard work of everyone dedicated to ending this crime at the National Press Club.  Illinois Senate President John Cullerton received an award and Qinetiq Bud Zaouk explained the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety.

Our friends in Law Enforcement are forever our heroes for the sacrifices they make to protect us.  Below are the officers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore who received recognition for their efforts.

The culmination of a year’s work came with an invitation from the Secretary of Transportation for a delightful White House Holiday Tour for our fantastic tireless public policy team, Frank Harris, Stephanie Manning, and JT Griffin.


MADD Magic fuels my spirit.   Everyone in our MADD family is an inspiration, a reason to keep on keeping on and a reason to know we will eliminate this violent crime.   You each offer friendship, determination, empathy, passion, kindness, bravery and vision.  I wish you a holiday full of Hope. 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Holiday Season

The holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to drunk driving.  So today, MADD’s National President Jan Withers, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator (NHTSA) David Strickland and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood kicked off a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving.

Last week, we announced that according to NHTSA’s new 2010 drunk driving fatality data, drunk driving fatalities dropped to 10,228 in 2010.  (Read the blog post.) Today, additional data was released that shows a decline in drunk driving fatalities in 32 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Compared with 2009, California and Florida saw the largest reductions—with each declining by more than 100 fatalities last year. Click here to see your state’s 2010 data

"The decreases in drunk driving fatalities in these states mean that we are on the right track," said Withers. "It also means that fewer families must deal with the tragedy of losing a loved one to this 100 percent preventable crime."

Last year, during the last half of December alone, 415 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.  That’s why Secretary LaHood says, “this holiday season, we’re stepping up our efforts to get drunk drivers off our roads and reminding Americans to ‘drive sober, or get pulled over.’”

The message is simple, put safety before the party this holiday season by designating a sober driver to get everyone home safe.

MADD Victim Services Awareness Campaign

Last month we mailed out 1,320 victim services posters to members of MADD across the country with the challenge to place the posters in creative ways to spread awareness of MADD's Victim Services.  The entries were judged based on creativity of placement, utilization and presentation.  

We are delighted to announce the winners of the MADD Victim Services Awareness Campaign:

First place went to Christi Roberts out of the McKinney, TX office, who placed posters in hospitals and rehab centers and drew attention to the posters by creating quotes alongside the poster  such as, “Do you Know Who Your Advocate Is?” with her contact information.  Way to go Christi!   Thank you for reaching out to our community partners in the medical fields.

Second place went to Sarah Butler from Indiana, who arranged to have our posters placed in Indiana State Parks by working with the Indiana Department of National Resources.  Sarah honed in on the fact that out of the 63 boat crashes in Indiana in 2011, 56 of those crashes involved alcohol and of those that did involve alcohol 31 had injuries or fatalities included.  Not only will the posters make involved in alcohol related boating crashes aware of our services, but also reach those who may have been involved in alcohol related ATV crashes.  Thank you, Sarah, for your creative outreach to populations who don’t typically think of MADD.

Our third place winner, Lori Taylor-Blitz from Northern Michigan, created displays that hung on the walls of a local community college.  Lori creatively displayed the MADD poster so that college students and teachers could read brochures to learn more about MADD’s victim services. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this awareness program, your time and efforts to reach victims of impaired driving are greatly appreciated!

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