MADD’s Work to End Drunk Driving Is Ongoing | DUI Victim Attorney

Posted on Aug 26, 2010

Washington state MADDToday the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a National Survey of Drinking and Driving Attitudes and Behaviors.  The survey confirms that the work of organizations such as MADD to eliminate drunk driving is still just as important today as it was thirty years ago when it was founded.  .

MADD National President Laura Dean-Mooney says that the survey clearly shows that drunk driving remains a primary threat to the American family.  Although drunk driving fatalities have dropped nearly 44 percent since the organization was founded, four out of five people surveyed still consider drinking and driving as a major threat to their personal safety. 

The survey also shows that underage drinking remains a significant problem among America’s youth.  When young people decide to combine drinking and driving, they do so after drinking heavily. 

Dean-Monney says that the younger kids start drinking alcohol, the more likely they are to become drunk drivers.  Parents are the number one influence in their child’s decision to drink.  Which is why MADD has launched a new program with the support of Nationwide Insurance called Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence®.  The program provides parents the tools necessary to talk to their children about alcohol.