DALLAS – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is devastated to learn that one person was killed in a suspected impaired driving crash on Tuesday morning involving Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III. MADD is heartbroken for the victim’s family and friends, and we are committed to supporting them through this horrific tragedy.
Drunk driving is 100% preventable and the leading cause of traffic deaths on America’s roads. Every year, more than 10,000 people are killed and another 300,000 are injured. MADD provides a service to a victim of drunk and drugged driving every 3 minutes.
“Driving after drinking alcohol or consuming other drugs is a choice that causes irreparable damage to individuals and entire communities. It is a choice and a crime, not an accident that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law every time, no excuses or exceptions,” said MADD National President Alex Otte. “As part of MADD’s partnership with the NFL, we’re committed to engaging with the Raiders organization, to make sure management, players, staff and its loyal fans understand the consequences and suffering caused by impaired driving.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic deaths have soared in the first half of 2021 due to an alarming increase in hazardous driving behavior including impaired driving, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.
“This is a public safety crisis,” Otte said. “We need everyone to do their part, every day, to make sure they are making decisions that will protect themselves and the people around them. Before the first drink, make a plan for getting home or to your next destination. Designate a driver, use a rideshare app or taxi service or public transportation. Drunk driving is never an option.”
About Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD has helped to save more than 400,000 lives, reduce drunk driving deaths by more than 50 percent and promote designating a non-drinking driver. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for law enforcement support, ignition interlocks for all offenders and advanced vehicle technology. MADD has provided supportive services to nearly one million drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local victim advocates and the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. Visit www.madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.