This holiday season, we are asking everyone to take part in our online celebration of life candlelight vigil, and light a virtual candle in honor of a loved one who was killed or injured in a drunk driving crash.
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MADD Maryland in the News:
Recently MADD Maryland was asked to participate in a local cable show, The Pulse, that airs in Baltimore City.
Please see the link to view the episode:
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has approved the new recommendations related to drunk driving, including endorsing .05 national BAC per se law. Here is MADD's official statement regarding NTSB’s recommendations:
MADD appreciates the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for bringing the American public’s attention to the fact that drinking and driving continues to be a major problem on our highways—killing almost 10,000 people a year—and that additional steps have to be taken to save the unnecessary loss of life and injuries that occur as a result of these crashes. Above all, MADD strongly recommends that the safest course of action is to not drink and drive.
The focus of our advocacy remains on the continued implementation of our Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® (CEDD). It is important to note that the CEDD has been structured to maximize the number of lives saved as quickly as possible and, when fully implemented, is projected to save approximately 8,000 lives a year.
The U.S. Congress adopted the CEDD as national policy when it approved surface transportation reauthorization legislation, known as MAP-21, in 2012. Through the CEDD’s three elements of increased high visibility law enforcement, state laws requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted offenders, and research toward the development of advanced technology to prevent a drunk driver from operating a vehicle, the CEDD is leading the nation toward the elimination of drunk driving as the leading cause of highway fatalities. The CEDD also enjoys widespread support, including that of the NTSB, which in December 2012 recommended that states enact all-offender ignition interlock laws and endorsed advanced drunk driving prevention technology research.
MADD is committed to serving all victims of substance impaired driving, regardless of impairment levels. MADD’s 1-877-MADD-HELP line is available 24 hours a day, and MADD serves a victim of impaired driving every eight minutes. MADD will continue to focus our attention and resources toward the CEDD's proven drunk driving countermeasures, which does not include lowering the BAC per se level, in order to have the greatest impact on saving lives. The goal of the CEDD is to eliminate drunk driving so there are no more future victims.
December 2012 NHTSA released its "State Motor Vehicle Fatalities and State Alcohol-Impaired Mortor Vechilce Fatalities" report for 2011.
In 2011, 32,367 people lost their lives on America’s roadways in motor vehicle crashes. This figure is 1.9 percent lower than the 32,999 people who died in crashes in 2010 (632 fewer fatalities in 2011). Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities declined by 2.5 percent in 2011.
Normally these numbers would make us very happy- except for the fact that in Maryland the number of drunk driving fatalities rose from 154 in 2010 to 162 in 2011. that is a 5.2% increase.
For NHTSA's full report please follow this link: State Motor Vehicle Fatalities and State Alcohol-Impaired Mortor Vechilce Fatalities
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. PowerTalk 21™ is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, using the proven strategies of Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence™ to reduce the risk of underage drinking. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 10 minutes at 1-877-MADD-HELP.
Together, these programs ensure that MADD achieves its lifesaving mission