Press Releases

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.

MADD Rates Every State’s Drunk Driving Laws (11/18/2016)
Today, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) released its 2016 Report to the Nation, an overview of legislative accomplishments that includes a rating for every state’s drunk driving reform efforts.

MADD Tennessee Honors Victim Family with memorial highway sign on 30th Anniversary of the Designated Driver and Red Ribbon Campaign (11/16/2016)
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) annual red ribbon Tie One On For Safety® campaign, MADD Tennessee, along with Nationwide Insurance and victims of impaired driving, will host a Memorial Sign unveiling on November 16 to remember those affected by impaired driving and to kick off a safe 2016 holiday season.

MADD and Nationwide celebrate 30th Anniversary of Red Ribbon Campaign to Designate a Driver (11/14/2016)
Dallas, Texas (Nov. 10, 2016) – In honor of the 30th anniversary of its longest-running public awareness campaign, Mothers Against Drunk Driving®, with National Presenting Sponsor Nationwide, are launching Tie One On For Safety®, which was first introduced as Project Red Ribbon in 1986. Also in 1986, MADD started using the term “Designated Driver,” ultimately connecting the concept with the MADD red ribbon. As a part of today’s Tie One On For Safety campaign, MADD is asking drivers across the country to show their commitment to designating a non-drinking driver by displaying a MADD red ribbon or decal on their vehicles available at and at select Nationwide agent locations.

MADD and State Farm Applaud Teens and Their Choices to Not Ride with Underage Drinking Drivers as National Passenger Deaths Decline (10/21/2016)
DALLAS – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and National Presenting Sponsor State Farm® applaud the fact that more teens are making safe choices to not ride with underage drinking drivers, as the latest national statistics show a decline in passenger deaths.

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