Press Releases

Statement by MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church about the alleged drunk driving crash that killed Kacy E. Merseal (08/08/2017)
“It is absolutely gut-wrenching and heartbreaking that a bride-to-be, Kacy E. Merseal was killed in an alleged drunk driving crash months before her wedding. We are devastated for her family, friends and fiancé left behind to bear the pain of her death to this completely preventable and extremely violent crime. MADD will be here for Kacy’s loved ones and asks that the judicial system holds the alleged criminal fully accountable for his selfish and violent choices.”

MADD’s Statement in Response to Alleged Drunk Driving Crash that Killed Two Children and Others in Los Angeles (08/07/2017)
“MADD is horrified and devastated that an alleged drunk driver took the lives of two innocent children, the children’s grandmother, and a good Samaritan driver near Los Angeles Friday. Our hearts go out to these victims’ families, including the children’s mother who is recovering from injuries sustained in the crash. MADD vows to be there for the victims of this crash. We will stand by them as they walk through this.”

MADD’s Statement in Response to Third Time OUI Alleged Drunk Driver Who Crashed into 12-year-old Girl and then Fled the Scene (08/07/2017)
"MADD is appalled and enraged that 12-year-old Shalynn Bobbitt was severely injured by an alleged drunk driver. We are especially appalled to learn that he not only had two prior convictions of OUI, but also allegedly left Miss Bobbitt alone with her injuries and fled the scene. It was a despicable, cowardly act and we ask that the court system hold the driver fully accountable Massachusetts desperately needs to pass a law requiring ignition interlocks for all drunk drivers this year to protect innocent people from tragedies caused by drunk driving and to prevent first offenders from becoming repeat offenders.”

MADD Launches Petition to Stop Social Media from Promoting Drunk Driving (08/04/2017)
In light of two recent live streamed crashes by alleged drunk drivers, one in California and then in Pennsylvania that resulted in deaths and injuries, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) launched a petition asking Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to adopt a policy against posting images, videos and other content that brag about drunk driving. The petition went live at

Ahead of July 4th, MADD Reminds Public That Drunk Driving Is Still the Biggest Roadway Threat (06/29/2017)
As families and friends across America make plans to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with barbecues and beach outings, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Tom Udall and Congresswoman Nita Lowey want to remind everyone that drunk driving is still the biggest killer on our roadways.

MADD Statement on Increase in Vehicle Collision Insurance Claims In States with Legalized Recreational Marijuana Use (06/22/2017)
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) have released a “Status Report” on the potential effect of legalizing recreational marijuana use on crash rates.

MADD National President Testifies in Support of Autonomous Vehicles (06/14/2017)
Colleen Sheehey-Church, National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), testified in support of autonomous vehicle technology as a tool to eliminate the scourge of drunk driving, which kills more than 10,000 people every year.

Nevada Becomes 30th State with All-Offender Ignition Interlock Law (06/13/2017)
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed a lifesaving bill that will prevent the tragedies caused by repeat drunk driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) thanks Governor Sandoval and the Legislature for passing SB 259, which makes Nevada the 30th state to require ignition interlocks after a drunk driving offense.

Nevada Legislature Sends Lifesaving Drunk Driving Bill to Governor (06/06/2017)
The Nevada Legislature has passed a lifesaving drunk driving bill that will save lives and prevent injuries caused by repeat drunk driving.

New National Report: Nearly 10,000 Increase in Ignition Interlock Use (05/31/2017)
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA Inc. (TIRF) has released an extensive report that shows ignition interlock use in the United States increased by nearly 10,000 in one year. The report found that 337,030 ignition interlocks were in use as of August 31, 2016, up from 328,743 the previous year.

MADD announced today the addition of a new Strategic Contributing Partner Pirelli®, whose support will help keep roadways and families safe. As part of the partnership, customers will receive a $60 VISA® prepaid card for every new set of Pirelli tires. Pirelli will donate $5 to MADD and give customers the opportunity to match the donation of $5 from May 26, 2017 through July 5, 2017.

Oklahoma To Become 29th All-Offender Interlock State (05/25/2017)
OKLAHOMA CITY (May 25, 2017) — Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) applauds the Oklahoma Legislature for passing lifesaving drunk driving legislation today, creating an all-offender ignition interlock law that will save lives and prevent injuries caused by repeat drunk driving.

MADD’s Response To Alleged Impaired Driving Crash in Times Square (05/18/2017)
“MADD is outraged and absolutely heartsick that a driver allegedly impaired by drugs plowed into a sidewalk full of pedestrians in Times Square this afternoon, killing an 18-year-old young woman and injuring her sister and 21 others. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families and all of those impacted by this horrific crash. Today is a sad reminder that we have so much more work to do to keep our country safe from impaired driving. There is no excuse to ever drive while impaired by any legal or illegal drug and put the lives of innocent people at risk. MADD pledges to be there to support everyone impacted by this 100 percent preventable crime.”

Drunk Driving is Still the Biggest Killer on Our Roads (05/01/2017)
In response to recent reports regarding an increase in drug-impaired driving, Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants to remind the public that drunk driving is still the biggest cause of traffic deaths and injuries in the nation.

MADD’s Statement In Response To Alleged Drunk Driving Crash in Polk County, FL (04/28/2017)
“MADD is devastated that an alleged drunk driver killed one and injured four other children, Thursday night in Polk County Florida, while they were walking home from a bus stop. We are enraged that the alleged offender fled the scene after committing this horrific crime. This was a senseless death and injuries caused by a violent and 100 percent preventable crime. Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of all those impacted. Tragedies like these are the reason MADD will be in Tallahassee on Monday to call on the Senate Appropriations Committee to improve Florida's drunk driving law and make sure all drunk drivers are prevented from repeating their crime by using an ignition interlock.”

MADD Statement on Former Reality Star Chris Soules Allegedly Fleeing Scene of Fatal Car Crash (04/26/2017)
"There is much that we don’t know about the crash involving former Bachelor Chris Soules, including whether or not alcohol was a factor. But what we do know is that a man was killed and that his family is undoubtedly in extraordinary pain as a result. We are sickened that Mr. Soules, who has a history of DUI, allegedly fled the scene of the crash, and we expect him to be held accountable to the full extent of the law for his crimes.”

Prom Tops the List of School Functions Parents Are Most Concerned About Teens Drinking Alcohol (04/21/2017)
Washington, DC (April 21, 2017) – Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) and National Presenting Sponsor Nationwide® released new survey data today, specific to parents’ attitudes and behaviors about teen drinking during special occasions, such as prom.

MADD Concerned and Appalled Over $1 Budget for Sobriety Checkpoints in Missouri (04/05/2017)
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is appalled that the Missouri House of Representatives has voted in favor of a proposal to slash funds for lifesaving sobriety checkpoints.

MADD, Nationwide & NABCA Release 5 New Topical Guides During Prom Season and Alcohol Awareness Month (04/03/2017)
In advance of PowerTalk 21 Day on April 21st and during Alcohol Awareness Month this April, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) and National Presenting Sponsor Nationwide® are equipping parents with Power of Parents® resources needed to have conversations with their teens, especially before special occasions, such as prom, about the dangers and consequences of teen drinking.

Designate a Non-Drinking Driver Ahead of Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend if your plans include alcohol (03/17/2017)
Dallas, Texas – St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration in which people across the nation enjoy festivities, which usually include alcohol.

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