MADD is an acronym for Mothers Against Drunk Driving which is a US non-profit organization. The organization advocates for the prevention of drunk driving, assisting drivers with DUIs, and the improved changes to the current DUI policies.
History of MADD
The organization was created in 1980 and is based in Texas. It was founded by Candace Lightner. She decided to develop this campaign after she lost her teenage daughter to the reckless drunk driving of a motorist.
Currently, there is one MADD organization is every US state as well as in Canada. Canada’s MADD organizations were founded in 1989.
The Successes of MADD
MADD is a firm believer in that the 0.08% blood alcohol levels should be lowered in order to decrease the rates of drunk driving. Over and above this, the organization advocates for the legal drinking age to be kept at 21.
In 1984, MADD managed to get a new federal law passed called the National Minimum Drinking Age Act. This was a successful attempt to ensure every US state had a standard legal drinking age. By 1988, all 50 states had a standardized legal drinking age of 21.
Ignition Interlock Devices
After a driver has committed a second DUI offense, an ignition interlock device is required to be installed into the vehicle of the driver.
This device is a breathalyzer which prohibits drunk drivers from driving if the device measures their blood alcohol level over the limit. However, the alcohol levels vary between states and countries.
Basically, if the measured alcohol levels are over the limit, the vehicle will not start thus preventing the driver from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There are currently proposals being put forward to ensure every new vehicle acquires a mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device.
The following states have implemented the installation of ignition interlock devices into their DUI laws; Alaska, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.
The successes of the MADD organization has been overwhelming since their founding in 1980. May the advocacy for the prevention of drunk driving continue!