Recently, two organizations are formed to fight the lethal threat of drunk drivers. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) was formed support the victims of it to stop drunk driving and prevent underage drinking. SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) was made to supply pupils with tools and the most effective prevention to address underage drinking, impaired driving, drug use and other destructive choices. Different strategies are taken by both organizations to drunk driving, and each is succeeding in its own manner.
MADD was set up in 1980 by Cindy Lightner, following the departure of her 13-year-old little girl, killed by a drunk driver out on bond for a hit-and-run injury just two days earlier. Other moms who’d lost kids to drunk drivers and Lightner formed MADD in a bid to discontinue the more than 30,000 booze related driving deaths each year. They worked, not only to prepare the general public about the risks of drunk driving but to alter social attitudes about drinking and driving.
By 1982, MADD had created 100 chapters throughout the country. MADD appeared on TV as well as in papers. Lawmakers were addressed by it, presenting not only data but the faces of the victims of drunk drivers. As a result of their attempts, President Reagan signed into law the Uniform Drinking Age Act in 1984. MADD enlarged its effort from “do not Drive Drunk” to “do not Drink and Drive.”
To do this, it’s advocated lower drunk driving arrest thresholds higher drink taxes, and roadblocks made to frighten people out of social drinking. It’s additionally created Victim Impact Panels, where individuals hear the narratives of friends, relatives and parents of victims of drunk driving injuries.
Twenty-six years following the initiation of MADD, alcohol-related driving deaths in America are reduced to about 17,000 per annum. MADD has community action teams, 600 chapters and offices in America today.
Robert Anastas of Wayland High School in Massachusetts set up SADD as Students Against Driving Drunk in 1981. SADD emerged as a result to more than 6,000 young people being killed in alcohol-related injuries each year. 15 other pupils and Anastas composed the Contract for Life to ease communication between young people as well as their parents about potentially destructive decisions associated with booze.
SADD’s strategy to the issue was to develop educational programs that are peer to peer in school chapters that range from middle schools to colleges. In 1997, SADD enlarged its mission to include underage drinking, impaired driving, substance abuse, violence, and suicide. SADD’s systems are keyed to the requirements individual school places. Included in these are peer-directed courses, forums, workshops, seminars and rallies, and other consciousness-raising actions.
Over the first decade, SADD has worked with some state and federal agencies, non-profit groups and foundations to get its message across. By 1990, due in part to the job of SADD, the variety of young people killed in alcohol-related injuries dropped to 2,000 per year.
Both SADD and MADD have been powerful in lessening the variety of alcohol-related deaths in America.