MADD: Mothers Against Drunk Driving Essay

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MADD: Mothers Against Drunk Driving

It is 2:20 in the morning when the phone rings. You are automatically startled and jump to pick it up after the second ring. That feeling in your stomach tells you that something is terribly wrong. It is the police on the other end of the line telling you that your daughter has been in a fatal accident. As the officer is talking, you seem to freeze and zone out. Your spouse is up now and takes the phone and talks to the officer to find out what is going on. You are in a state of shock as you both drive to the hospital so that you all can identify your daughter. When you become more coherent, you learn that a senseless fool who was drunk took your precious baby away from you. This is one phone call
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As the website tells us, MADD was started in 1980 by a group of women in California that were outraged after the death of a teenage girl by a repeat-offender drunk driver. These women banned together to build an organization that would sweep the nation. By the end of the first year there were eleven different chapters in four different states and by the end of the next year, there were seventy MADD chapters that were operating. Now, that this organization has been around for about twenty years, there are more then six hundred chapters throughout the nation (MADD Homepage).

In the very beginning, MADD stood for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and there initial mission was "to mobilize victims and their allies to establish the public conviction that impaired driving is unacceptable and criminal in order to promote corresponding public policy, programs and personal accountability" (MADD Homepage). According to the cite, in 1984 they changed it to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and they mainly focused on eliminating the crime and prevent the actual act of drinking and driving. They wanted to stop drunk driving and help the victims that were affected by this violent crime. As the years go by, MADD slightly changes their mission. Now, they want to stop drunken driving, supports the victims of this crime, and to prevent underage drinking (MADD Homepage).

Some might think that the main audience of Mothers Against Drunk Driving
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