Featured Press Release
MADD and Nationwide Announce New Survey Data Ahead of PowerTalk 21 Day, April 21st (04/18/2016)
Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD), and Power of Parents® program National Presenting Sponsor Nationwide and National Supporting Partner GM Foundation join together to empower parents with the information and tools they need to talk with their kids and teens about the dangers of underage drinking and encourage them to never ride with a drinking driver. New survey data being released today highlights the importance of parents’ actions, in addition to their words, when it comes to influencing their children’s decisions around alcohol and riding with a drinking driver.
Featured MADD Statement
Statement regarding MADD’s involvement in the New Mexico Court Monitoring program:
“MADD has entered into a contract with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) to sit in on court proceedings and report back to them case outcomes. Contrary to reports, MADD will not post this information to social media. Our role is to sit in the courtroom, collect the data and provide the data to NMDOT. What they do with the data is completely at their discretion.” – Aisha Smith, MADD New Mexico Program Director.
The following statement is issued by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) National President Colleen Sheehey-Church regarding Ethan Couch. Please include this statement in future stories regarding the topic.
“We were gratified that our voice was heard this morning and the judge ordered the maximum number of days allowable by Texas law, giving Ethan Couch the birthday present he deserves – jail time. This is a small victory – after all 720 days in jail is nothing compared to the victims' lifetime sentence. But the fight is not over. Couch’s defense team will be able to argue against this order. Know that we will be there once again, to ensure that everything is being done to result in some sort of justice for these families and for all families who have suffered from this 100% preventable crime.” – Colleen Sheehey-Church, MADD National President
The following statement is issued by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) National President Colleen Sheehey-Church regarding the recent arrest of Dylan Meyer. Please include this statement in future stories regarding the topic.
“The arrest of Dylan Meyer for alleged drug use is no surprise given his cavalier behavior during his sentencing process for involuntary manslaughter just a few months ago. MADD was outraged and sent an open letter to Judge David Jones of Greene County, Missouri when he gave Meyer nothing but a slap on the wrist the first time. If Meyer is found guilty of drug use while on probation, we implore the judge to revoke his probation and give Meyer the sentence he deserved the first time around. While Meyer might have squandered his second chance, we hope that Judge Jones doesn't do the same. After all, the family of Kelly Williams, who Meyer killed in his drunk driving crash, is serving a life sentence without Kelly.”
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