This Mother’s Day, like most holidays, will bring with it an acute awareness of our family’s missing piece. In 1980, 13-year-old Cari Lightner of Fair Oaks, California, was walking along a quiet road on her way to a church carnival when a car swerved out of control, striking and killing her. Cari’s tragic death compelled her mother, Candy Lightner, to found the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which would grow into one of the country’s most influential non-profit organizations. The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking. Here are some facts regarding the dangers of drinking and driving according to MADD:
- Drunk Driving is still the #1 cause of death on our roadways.
- There are about 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving every day.
- 10,876 deaths occur every year from drinking and driving. That’s 30 deaths a day or one death every 48 minutes.
- Each and every one of them 100% preventable.
- Plus 290,000 additional injuries each year that are also preventable.
To learn more about MADD (including how to volunteer, take action, and fundraise), check out madd.org. MADD also provides free supportive services to the victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving, as well as underage drinking.