Press Releases

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.

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.

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.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Announces 2016 Legislators of the Year (09/22/2016)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 22, 2016) — Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) today announces its “2016 Legislators of the Year” to recognize standout legislators who share MADD’s mission of eliminating the 100 percent preventable crime of drunk driving.

MADD Issues New Challenge in Response to NHTSA Fatality Data (08/29/2016)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 29, 2016) — Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that 35,092 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2015. Drunk driving was involved in 10,265 traffic fatalities, or 29.2 percent of all traffic deaths.

MADD Tennessee In Danger of Losing Specialty License Plate (06/23/2016)
Nashville, TN. – Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) needs the public’s help. Unfortunately, MADD is in danger of losing their specialty license plate in Tennessee if they do not reach the minimum requirement of 500 plate purchases by June 30, 2016. Tennessee is currently one of only four states offering a MADD specialty plate.

MADD National President Writes Open Letter to Judge in Ethan Couch Case, (05/11/2016)
DALLAS – Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) today released an open letter written by MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church urging Judge Wayne Salvant to uphold his original order at the upcoming May 16 hearing for Couch to serve 720 days in jail.

MADD Asks Missouri Residents to Show Support for Drunk Driving Victims (05/04/2016)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) today launched asking people to sign their name to show support for the prosecution’s motion to revoke Dylan Meyer’s probation at his May 12 court hearing. When people sign their name they’ll show their support for the family of Kelly Williams, the 38-year-old that was killed by Meyer in the 2015 drunk driving crash.

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.

Statement Regarding the Arrest of Rep. Dan Pabon (03/19/2016)
Statement Regarding The Arrest of Rep. Dan Pabon

MADD Ecstatic Ethan Couch Case Transferred to Adult Court, Asks Adult Court to Make Prison a Condition (02/19/2016)
DALLAS –Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) and the organization’s National President, Colleen Sheehey-Church attended Couch’s long-awaited transfer hearing today to support the prosecution’s motion to transfer Couch from juvenile to adult court and to support the victims of the violent crime committed by Couch.

New MADD Report: 1.77 Million Drunk Driving Attempts Prevented (02/10/2016)
ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 10, 2016) — Today, MADD announced conclusive evidence that in-car breathalyzers, or ignition interlocks, are keeping drunk drivers off our nation’s roadways and saving lives.

MADD National Board of Directors Appoints New Chairman and Welcomes Five Distinguished Members (02/08/2016)
The MADD National Board of Directors name David Strickland, 14th Administrator of the National Highway of Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Partner at Venable, LLP, as MADD’s new Chairman of the Board. The Board also welcomes five new Members to the organization’s leadership and governing body, bringing vast professional expertise and unique personal experience: Heather Geronemus, Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale Chair, victim and public relations executive; Anne McCartt, PhD, Senior Vice President of Research for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; Madalene Milano, Partner at GMMB; Walter Rooney, MD, MADD Ohio volunteer, victim and physician; Joseph K. Sikes, MADD Maryland State Advisory Board Chair, victim and retired U.S. Navy Captain.

MADD, NFL Tight End Delanie Walker, NHTSA, San Francisco Sheriff and Uber Held Press Conference on Super Bowl Drunk Driving Prevention (02/04/2016)
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) along with former San Francisco 49er, current Tennessee Titan and 2016 Pro Bowl Tight End Delanie Walker, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind, San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy and Uber came together to remind football fans to play it safe and designate a non-drinking driver if their plans include alcohol this Super Bowl weekend.

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