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Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Mothers against Drunk Driving, or MADD, is a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping drunk driving. In addition, they are committed to helping and to supporting those who have been affected by drunk driving. They also aim to prevent underage drinking through various education programs.

MADD was founded in 1980 by Candice Lightner following the death of her thirteen year old daughter. The daughter tragically died due to the negligence of a drunk driver. The group is now based in Irving, Texas but has regional offices across the country.

Since the group was started, thousands of anti-drunk driving laws have been passed. In addition, MADD has helped to popularize the use of designated drivers; however, the group initially opposed the use of designated drivers as they felt that it would encourage non-drivers to consumer more.

MADD has already successfully advocated the enactment of laws for more strict and severe punishment of offenders of laws against driving under the influence, as well as laws against drinking and driving. MADD also successfully lobbied for a higher age at which an individual could buy alcohol.

The group was responsible for reducing the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit from .10 to .08. By 2005, every state had adopted this new standard. MADD Canada has started lobbying for a reduction of the legal limit to .05 while MADD in the United States advocates a .05 legal limit for individuals who have already been convicted of driving while intoxicated.

Contact a Dallas DWI Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated or another alcohol-related offense, contact the Dallas DWI lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your case and to determine the best plan for your defense.


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