MADD’s vehicle donation program helps raise critical funds to eliminate drunk driving, but past efforts by Congress that were intended to enact strong safeguards to stem fraud and abuse have unintentionally discouraged potential donors.
According to the IRS, the number of cars donated the first year the new rules took effect dropped by 67 percent. Moreover, the corresponding value of those vehicle donations went down by 77 percent, meaning that donors stopped donating higher value cars that charities derive the greatest revenue.
The Charitable Automobile Red-Tape Simplification (CARS) Act, bipartisan legislation authored by Representatives Todd Young and Linda Sanchez, was just introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and would reform IRS rules to give potential donors a fair market value for donating their vehicle to MADD, or any charity that accepts vehicle donations.
MADD is excited about the possibilities of self-driving vehicles. We support the development of advanced technology that will reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries on our roadways. Both the self-driving technology and the DADSS (Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety) technology, which automatically detects a driver’s blood alcohol concentration, hold tremendous promise for a safer tomorrow. We look forward to future advancements that will eventually eliminate drunk driving completely.
High-visibility law enforcement techniques that catch drunk drivers and discourage others from driving drunk are part of our Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®. These techniques have been proven to reduce drunk driving deaths by 20 percent. That is why MADD works so closely with the officers who keep our families safe on and off the roads, and honors those who have been killed or injured in the line of duty during this National Police Week and every week of the year.
For mothers, nothing is more important than keeping their families safe. That’s why just in time for Mother’s Day, we’re releasing two new public service announcements (PSAs) targeting mothers who want to protect their kids, keep them safe and ensure their bright futures.
The “Ballerina” video contrasts images of a car crash with the joy of a mother watching her daughter perform at a dance recital.
The “Rearview Mirror” video shows a mother driving and talking about road safety, then gazing at her smiling young daughter in the rearview mirror.
The videos urge people to support MADD to help keep their own children—and families everywhere—safe.
This week, April 6-12, is National Volunteer week, a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. At MADD, we are so grateful for the wonderful volunteers we have, who are not only making an impact in their communities, but are saving lives!
Volunteers are the heart and soul of MADD. It is their compassion and determination that drives the organization and it is their tireless efforts that have accomplished so much. Here are just a few ways our incredible volunteers are making an impact:
Advocate for Change. Volunteers work to strengthen existing laws and enact new ones.
Lend a Shoulder. Volunteer victim advocates provide emotional support to drunk and drugged driving victims/survivors as well as guide them through the criminal justice system.
Speak Out. Volunteers speak at schools, civic groups, clubs and other organizations, sharing their story and helping to raise awareness.
Raise Funds. Many of our Walk Like MADD events are run entirely by dedicated volunteers, helping to raise awareness and funds for MADD in their community.
Raise Awareness. Volunteers represent MADD at public awareness events such as parades, fairs, and safe proms and graduation events.
Utilize Office Skills. Volunteers help at MADD offices by answering phones, filing, copying or performing other office support duties.
Visit the Courts. Volunteers ensure that drunk driving offenders are punished to the fullest extent of the law by monitoring court cases and reporting outcomes to the community and media.
We are so grateful for each and every one of our volunteers and the work that they do. MADD would not be successful without their dedication, support and generosity.
If you already volunteer for MADD, we would love to hear about your experience. Please tell us why you volunteer for MADD on our Facebook page, or in the comments below. If you’re not already a volunteer but are interested, there’s a place for you at MADD. Fill out our online form to get started.