Press Releases

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.

Ignition Interlocks Stopped 2.3 Million Drunk Driving Attempts Over Past 10 Years (03/14/2017)
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has released a 50-state report on the number of times ignition interlocks have prevented convicted drunk drivers from starting their vehicles after detecting alcohol, saving thousands of lives across the nation.

MADD Statement on Alleged Drunk Driving Crash in New Orleans (02/26/2017)
“MADD is saddened by the alleged drunk driving tragedy in New Orleans. Our hearts are with the victims and the families. Drunk driving is a 100 percent preventable crime, and it's critical that we pass strong laws and back them up with strong law enforcement. MADD urges everyone to plan ahead if their plans include consuming alcohol to prevent tragedies caused by drunk driving.”

MADD Applauds New Ignition Interlock Legislation in Florida (02/24/2017)
Representative Cord Byrd has introduced HB 949 to require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders in Florida, a measure that will prevent first offenders from becoming repeat offenders and save lives in the in Sunshine State.

Increase in Traffic Fatalities Highlights Need for Strong Ignition Interlock Laws (02/15/2017)
Today, the National Safety Council estimated up to 40,000 people were killed in traffic crashes on our nation’s roadways in 2016 — a 6 percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent increase over 2014, marking the largest rise in traffic fatalities since 1964.

MADD Opposes Proposal To Keep Bars Open Later in Colorado (02/08/2017)
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) opposes HB 1123, legislation that would extend the sale of alcohol in select communities.

MADD Disappointed in Legislator’s Efforts to Kill Lifesaving Law (02/03/2017)
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) urges the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee to vote against SB123. SB123 would destroy the lifesaving ignition interlock law established in Kansas in July 2011. Since that time, interlocks have stopped 60,000 attempts to drive drunk with an illegal blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving deaths have also dropped in Kansas, thanks in part to the interlock law, by 37 percent.

MADD Welcomes New U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao (01/31/2017)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) congratulates Secretary Elaine Chao on her confirmation as United States Secretary of Transportation. Secretary Chao brings tremendous experience and knowledge to the Department of Transportation and MADD looks forward to working with her to eliminate drunk driving and create a world with no more DUI victims.

Massachusetts Scores Low in MADD Report on Drunk Driving Laws (01/05/2017)
BOSTON (January 5, 2017) — Following release of a convincing new report that finds ignition interlocks reduce fatal drunk driving crashes by 7 percent, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is renewing its call for Massachusetts legislators to pass an ignition interlock law for all convicted drunk driving offenders this year.

New Study Finds Ignition Interlocks Reduce Fatal Drunk Driving Crashes by 7% (01/05/2017)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 5, 2017) — Mothers Against Drunk Driving applauds a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, that reports a 7 percent reduction in fatal drunk driving crashes in states that require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders.

Governor Kasich Signs ‘Annie’s Law’ (01/04/2017)
COLUMBUS (January 4, 2017) — Today, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed HB 388, “Annie’s Law,” to increase the use of ignition interlocks and prevent tragedies caused by drunk driving. The General Assembly unanimously passed the bill December 6.

MADD Tennessee Hosts Night of Remembrance and Awards Ceremony (12/06/2016)
NASHVILLE- Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) Tennessee will host a Night of Remembrance, Thursday, December 8 to honor those who have been killed or injured in drunk and drugged driving crashes, and as a result of underage drinking consequences, as well as anyone who has been emotionally devastated by these violent and preventable crimes.

Tennessee Highway Safety Office Promotes National Drunk, Drugged Driving Prevention Month (11/29/2016)
NASHVILLE – On Thursday, December 1, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) will be joined by the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP), the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association (TSA), and Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) for a press event promoting National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month to raise awareness and educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

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