What is MADD?

Jan Withers, national president of the organization and mother of a 15-year old killed by a drunk driver, explains her nationally recognized organization MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
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What is MADD?

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MADD is Mothers Against Drunk Driving. It was started by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver. Today, MADD is the primary organization that helps keep people safe from drunk driving and underage drinking. We're an organization of not just mothers. We are mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers and friends and people who just care about keeping our community safe. Everyone is involved with MADD. We are truly a grassroots organization. Parents can get involved. Teens can get involved by calling their local organization and finding their fundraising event called "Walk Like MADD" is occurring. Getting involved and supporting that. We also have a "Power Talk 21 Day," where we talk about the power of parents and discussing alcohol. You can also go to MADD's website, www.mad.org, and contact your local organization and find all sorts of ways to get involved.

Jan Withers, national president of the organization and mother of a 15-year old killed by a drunk driver, explains her nationally recognized organization MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).

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Jan Withers

National President, MADD

Jan Withers joined MADD in 1992, after her 15-year-old daughter, Alisa Joy, was killed by an underage drinker who chose to drive after consuming numerous alcoholic beverages. Withers first volunteered by sharing her story and lobbying for tougher legislation. She wanted to make a difference by helping to stop this 100 percent preventable violent crime. Now as National President, Jan Withers speaks to lawmakers across the country about the importance of legislation requiring ignition interlocks (or “in-car breathalyzers”) for all drunk driving offenders, a key part of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. She also advocates for federal legislation that provides research funding for technology that will turn cars into the cure for drunk driving. In addition, Withers continues to raise awareness for MADD’s victim support services, even leading a monthly support group — while also expanding the reach of MADD’s underage drinking prevention programs.

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