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MADD® Virgin Drinks
By MADD | June 25, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

MADD® Virgin Drinks, a full line of alcohol-free drinks, are now being sold exclusively at nearly 3,000 participating Walgreens stores across the U.S.

MADD® Virgin Drinks were conceived and developed by Hill Street Marketing Inc. to offer designated drivers and other adults an alcohol-free beverage option, while supporting Mothers Against Drunk Driving at the same time. Through a partnership with Walgreens, five percent of retail sales from MADD® Virgin Drinks will be donated to MADD for our ongoing efforts to stop drunk driving and support the victims of this completely preventable crime.

Although they are alcohol-free, MADD® Virgin Drinks will only be sold to adults 21 and older, as to not send a mixed message to those under 21.

Thank you to MADD® Virgin Drinks and Walgreens for supporting MADD’s efforts to eliminate drunk driving. For more information, visit maddvirgindrinks.com.

As people across the country make plans to celebrate the Fourth of July, MADD reminds adults to plan ahead for a non-drinking designated driver – whether on the road or on the water – if alcohol will be a part of the festivities. And we encourage party hosts to always offer alcohol-free beverages for non-drinking designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol.


Highway Safety Hero
By MADD | June 19, 2014 | Filed in: National President , Drunk Driving

MADD National President Jan Withers was honored yesterday by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) with a Highway Safety Hero award for her efforts to eliminate drunk driving. The award was given to Members of Congress, federal and state leaders and citizen activists who have advanced safety initiatives.

In addition to the Highway Safety Hero Awards, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety announced a new award, the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Highway Safety Leadership Award, to honor the former New Jersey Senator’s legislative legacy in advancing highway safety laws.

The list of those honored by Advocates at yesterday’s event, including Senator Sherrod Brown, Congressman Ted Poe and Congressman John Lewis, was truly distinguished. 

MADD values our partners, like Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and we look forward to working with them to eliminate drunk driving.

Congratulations Jan for this much deserved honor.


Summer 2014 MADDvocate
By MADD | June 18, 2014 | Filed in: Drugged Driving , Victim Services , Underage Drinking , Drunk Driving

The Summer issue of MADDvocate is now available. Read the latest issue of our online magazine that is helping survivors survive.


Meeting with House Transportation Appropriations Chairman
By MADD | June 16, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Last week, in conjunction with MADD’s legislative reception on Capitol Hill, MADD National President Jan Withers led a group of national board members, all of whom are victims of drunk driving, to meet with House Transportation Appropriations Chairman Tom Latham. They met to talk about the importance of the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS program. During the meeting, Jan and the other board members shared how important this project is to victims of drunk driving. “This technology represents an opportunity to eliminate drunk driving,” Withers told Chairman Latham. They also told Chairman Latham how important fully funding the DADSS project is.


Mary Klotzbach, Nina Walker, Colleen Sheehey, Chairman Tom Latham, and MADD National President Jan Withers


Father’s Day, June 2014
By Jan Withers | June 4, 2014 | Filed in: National President , Victim Services , Drunk Driving

At MADD, we like to say we are not just mothers. We are fathers, sisters, brothers and friends.

As we move into June, we celebrate Father’s Day. My thoughts go back to the time immediately after Alisa was killed.  Following her death, friends frequently asked Joe, my husband, how I was coping. Seldom, however, did anyone ask me how Joe, Alisa’s dad, was doing. Our society seems to have such a belief in the strength of maternal love, frequently ignoring the intensity of paternal love.    

I happen to be writing this on Memorial Day, which is especially significant to my family because my first husband, my children’s natural father, was killed on active duty when they were very young. He was a wonderful daddy – always loving and active in their lives. I loved co-parenting with him. I thought there could be no greater partnership. When he died our world fell apart. Not only did he make the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country, my children also made that sacrifice.  


Jennifer & Alisa with their daddy, Doug Withers

A few years later, Joe Sikes walked into our hearts, nobly and humbly taking on that role of daddy. What a gift he is. He just openly and quietly loves my children as he does his own, without hesitation nor fanfare. I love co-parenting with him, too! They are not ‘my’ children, they are 100% ‘our’ children. He is just like that. Anyone who knows this family knows how heartbroken Joe was when Alisa was killed by a drunk driver. Today Joe and I walk hand-in-hand in our commitment to end this violent crime and support others who walk with us on this journey.


Alisa with her daddy, Joe Sikes

I think of all the bereaved fathers at MADD who grieve the needless death of their precious children. Their hearts are shattered, yet their resolve is strong—the resolve to diligently work until there are no more deaths or injuries caused by drunk driving. They are a powerful force in MADD. They are “Mothers” too – Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  This Father’s Day, I wish to honor all the fathers who are “Mothers” in this mighty organization and tell you how deeply I appreciate each of you.


Jan Withers
MADD National President


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