Every 90 seconds, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash. And as we know, first there’s the crash, then the lifelong impact. No one should try to minimize the challenge of adjusting to a new future or letting go of an old life. The reality is that many injured victims must build new lives, and often that includes a new career.
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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 acheives its lifesaving mission!
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We would like to thank all who participated in our recent Walk Like MADD events! Our volunteers are the heart and soul of MADD, and together we can eliminate drunk driving! Watch the video below for a peek into our Richmond, Va Walk that was held on April 12, 2014!
2013 Alcohol-Related Facts
- 253 persons were killed in alcohol-related crashes, a 10.48 percent increase from 2012*
- 5,288 persons were injured in alcohol-related crashes, a 9.78 percent decrease from 2012
- 399 teenagers, aged 15-19, were injured in alcohol-related crashes, 0.61 percent of the total (65,114) traffic injuries
- 10 teenagers, aged 15-19, were killed in alcohol-related crashes, 1.35 percent of the total (741) traffic fatalities
- The average BAC of tested drinking drivers was 0.1397
- 20,973 people were tested with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater, a(n) 6.91 percent decrease from 2012
- 27,333 persons were convicted of DUI, a 4.83 percent decrease from 2012
- Of those convicted of DUI, 74.19 percent were male and 22.74 percent were female
*Alcohol-related crash: Crash where a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian is listed on the police report as drinking before the crash.
**Alcohol-related fatality: Person who dies within 30 days as a result of a traffic crash involving alcohol.
Source: VA DMV