Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is an American organization aimed to prevent people from drunk driving also paying much attention to the issues of underage drinking. The organization is based in Irving, Texas. It was established by Candice Lightner in 1980. Her 13-year-old daughter Cari was killed by a drunk driver in Fair Oaks, California. Lightner left the organization 5 years later. In fact “she disassociated herself from the movement in 1985 because she believed the organization was headed in the wrong direction”. Nowadays she accepts MADD as the organization that deals mainly with alcohol. But her initial idea was to deal with drunk driving only.
Initially its slogan stated, “To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving”. Later in 1984 the motto changed slightly stating that, “Mothers Against Drunk Driving provides grassroots leadership to create major social change in the attitude and behavior of Americans toward drunk driving”.
Members of MADD organization pay much attention to the issues of drunk driving educating people namely pointing out the consequences of drunk driving and its dangers; help victims of drunk driving at no charge; help families of victims of drunk driving including innocent and guilty victims of the accident. They also pay pretty much attention the policy of breath-tests as well. Moreover members of the group offer to use ignition interlock devices to start a car if a driver is sober.
Radley Balko, an American journalist and blogger criticizes MADD activity as being extremely bureaucratic. “MADD is at heart a bureaucracy, a big one. It boasts an annual budget of $45”, he assumes. Anyway thanks to MADD organization drunk driving fatalities have declined over 20% since 2006 in the United States.