Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) started as a grassroots movement and has turned into a massive nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating drunk driving, fighting drugged driving, supporting victims of these crimes, and preventing underage drinking. This article covers Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) impact, and what you can do to help prevent drunk driving.
MADD has helped reduce drinking and driving deaths by half since its founding in 1980. It was founded by Candy Lightner, a mother who lost her 13-year-old daughter, Cari, when she was struck by a multiple repeat offending drunk driver.
Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) impact on drunk driving laws
Before MADD was founded, driving under the influence was not seen as that serious of an offense. That’s no longer the case. MADD has been the driving force behind multiple laws aimed to prevent DUIs. Below are some of their accomplishments:
The drinking age in all US states was raised to 21 by 1988.
In 1989, MADD created Victim Impact Panels where victims of drunk and/or drugged drivers share their stories in hopes of swaying those who have driven under the influence from doing so again. Judges often require someone convicted of a DUI to attend a Victim Impact Panel as part of their probation terms.
By 1998, all states made it illegal for drunk drivers under the age of 21 to have any amount of alcohol in their system.
Make your friend spend the night at your place, or vice versa, instead of driving home if they or you have been drinking. Take a look at the table below; your friend might not be as sober as they think!
BAC Levels and Related Effects
*Information pulled from Center for Disease Control (CDC) website found here.
Michigan Drunk Driving Charges
According to Michigan law, a DUI, or in Michigan an operating while intoxicated (OWI) can be charged when an impaired person (for alcohol: a BAC of .08 or higher) puts the vehicle in a position posing a significant risk of causing a collision (i.e. if the engine is on and if the vehicle is in gear).
Usually this involves driving your car on the road, but you can also get a DUI simply by sitting in your parked car.
According to MADD’s state ranking system, Michigan is the 6th lowest ranked state in the nation regarding drunk driving legislation. To improve this ranking, the state of Michigan needs to:
pass an all-offender ignition interlock law with compliance-based removal,
make ignition interlocks available to first offenders upon arrest,
enact a law making child endangerment a felony, and more.
Drunk driving is an incredibly serious charge that can not only ruin your life, but take the life of someone else. By hiring a dedicated and knowledgeable DUI attorney, your chances of returning to a normal life and getting sober post-arrest significantly increase.