More than 10,000 people were killed by drunk driving last year. We must end this - and we can!
But MADD, as one of the largest crime victim services organizations in the nation and the ONLY grassroots organization focused on stopping this 100% preventable crime, needs YOU!
The majority of individual donations come in December. That means our ability to provide services and programs throughout the other 11 other months is dependent on your generosity during the next 30 days.
I personally want to let you know that I believe MADD to be a responsible steward of your donations.
How do we use your gifts?
MADD reaches into the community to teach teenagers about the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving with its Power of You(th)® Program. At the same time, it works with their mothers and fathers through the Power of Parents® Program. Together, those efforts are helping to eliminate the myths, focus on the truth and change the culture. In addition, MADD is piloting a SMART program that will give those under 21 years of age who have been arrested for underage drinking or traffic violations the tools to make better decisions in the future.
Dating back to its inception, MADD has worked to change laws. Every state using .08 as the measurement for drunk driving is an example of the early success. Now, MADD is working to improve drunk driving laws in each state, targeting the use of Ignition Interlock Devices for all offenders, DUI Child Endangerment laws and others. Led by our Governmental Affairs Team, state staff and volunteers work with legislators to pass sensible legislation that helps save lives.
Supporting the Development of Life Saving Technology
The Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving is dependent on the development of technology. That’s why MADD is so supportive of the DADSS Program, the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety. Focusing on the development of in-vehicle technology to prevent alcohol-impaired driving, DADSS may lead to a day when there are No More Victims®.
Supporting Law Enforcement
MADD actively supports the work of law enforcement around the country - from being with them during Sobriety Checkpoints to honoring them for their vigilance in making our roads safer. Because they have their boots on the ground enforcing our laws 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, lives are being saved.
And, for victims, there is always a place at MADD. That is as true today as it was at the founding 36 years ago. That support never wanes, even while doing all of the above.
So, please help us continue our efforts with a donation this month.
Remember, whatever you’re able to give will be matched by Nationwide®, giving MADD double the impact this coming year!
By Colleen Sheehey-Church
MADD National President
I had the pleasure recently to be part of a ceremony honoring 20 new graduates from the Drug Recognition Expert Academy, which brings the total in the state of New York to 250.
MADD New York Executive Director Rich Mallow organized the event, which featured Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco and Deputy Sheriff Michael Kern, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Drug Coordinator Renée Borden, and MADD New York Advisory Board member Cheryl Haiken.
I told the officers that every day MADD is thankful for what they do, and we realize that, as they save lives, they are often putting their own lives at risk. Their presence makes people think twice about getting behind the wheel when they’re impaired.
It’s always an honor for me to thank the men and women who work so hard to keep our roads safe. And that night at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, N.Y. as I handed out New York 1192 Breast Bar Awards for Drugged Driving Enforcement, I thanked each officer personally. With their continued help, one day, there will be NO MORE VICTIMS®.
By Art Morrow
Regional Director of Operations, Great Lakes
Saturday September 17, tears of healing flowed for Minnesotan families as MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church mingled with Walk Like MADD teams, listened to their heartbreaking stories, and shared her story of losing her son Dustin, at the 2016 Twin Cities Walk.
Throughout, her mother’s heart resonated deeply with victims and survivors. Her encouragement to keep up the fight to end drunk and drugged driving drew clapping from the 400+ who participated in the Walk at beautiful Como Park in St. Paul.
The most touching experience of the Walk was when Colleen interviewed 40 Walk Team Captains, who were lined up in solidarity in the pavilion area to share the name of their lost loved one or survivor. As Team Captains shared who they were walking for, Colleen led everyone in saying the name of each person. Tears flowed as Colleen interacted with each Team Captain, shared empathetic responses and spontaneous hugs, and recognized survivors among the participants gathered in the grass around the pavilion.
For both long-time volunteers, and newcomers like the teen girl who formed a first-time team to honor her mother, who was killed by a drunk and drugged driver in 2015, this was an experience they will never forget: a time of healing and hope as we walked together toward the day of No More Victims.
A September news conference in Washington, DC, allowed many of us to dream about a day when there will be NO MORE VICTIMS®. In front of more than 80 media outlets from around the country, United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the federal guidelines for the development of autonomous vehicles… cars that would essentially drive themselves.
“Automated vehicles have the potential to save thousands of lives, driving the single biggest leap in road safety that our country has ever taken," he said to the group,
As Secretary Foxx introduced me, I thought about living in a world with no drunk driving crashes. It’s what we work for every day, and it is amazing how these vehicles could propell us closer to that goal.
“From MADD’s perspective, we really do share the same goal. It’s an incredibly important step in dramatic improvement of highway safety. Our goal is to save lives," I said to those gathered,
Administrator Mark Rosekind of the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration echoed the sentiment in saying, “We are moving forward on the safe deployment of automated technologies because of the enormous promise they hold to address the overwhelming majority of crashes and save lives.”
Henry Claypool, Policy Director, Community Living Policy Center, University of California San Francisco said, “Automated vehicles hold enormous potential to improve the lives of millions of Americans like me who because of a disability, age, or other condition are not able to enjoy easy access to personal transportation.”
As I said that day, “We see a future where self-driving cars will save thousands of lives on our roads. A self-driving car can’t get drunk. A self-driving car can’t get distracted. And a self-driving car will follow the traffic laws and prioritize safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.”
NO MORE VICTIMS. We’ve taken another step toward that goal.