Support the heroes who keep our roads safe. High-visibility law enforcement catches drunk drivers and discourages others from driving drunk.Drunk driving fatalities declined 12 percent from 2006 to 2008, which means that, together, we’ve saved thousands of lives in just those two years. All together, we have saved almost 300,000 lives ... and counting. But there are still far too many people killed in drunk driving crashes each year – 10,839 killed in 2009. In fact, one in three in this country will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime. Our goal is to change this number and reduce drunk driving (.08+ BAC) fatalities below 6,000 by 2018.
We measure success by the number of victims and survivors that take advantage of our services, whether connected with a victim advocate at the local level or receiving counseling and support through our national hotline. In 2009, we served more than 57,000 victims and survivors, more than double the number of victims and survivors we served just 6 years ago. To increase that number even further, we plan to reach out to diverse and underserved populations with the goal of serving 6,000 victims by 2018.
MADD's Capacity to Create Change
Our ability to achieve our mission is only as good as our people and our partners. MADD works in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam. We have over 1200 victim advocates in 48 states that serve victims and survivors of drunk driving.
Thankfully, people of all ages support MADD's work to save lives. In 2009, almost 10,000 people sent emails to their legislators about drunk driving or underage drinking issues. Click here if you'd like to become one of them.
MADD is proud to work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the "Over the Limit. Under Arrest" campaign to catch drunk drivers and discourage others from driving drunk. MADD has positive and long-standing relationships with the government, the law enforcement community, the judiciary and others committed to the safety of our communities.