Social Policy Decisions Paper
MADD stands for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and this agency has made a significant impact on today’s society. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD has made changes to the laws concerning drunk driving around the world. MADD has even made an impact on the drinking laws, making it stricter; this includes punishment for breaking the laws and making fines even tougher. MADD is one of the biggest and largest agencies in America, which provides assistance to families that have lost, love ones due to drunk driving.
Why MADD was Created
MADD was created by founder Candy Lightner in 1980, when her 13-year old daughter was hit and killed by a drunk driver. The drunk driver had three previous drunk driving violations against him and the driver was involved in a hit-and-run accident and arrested two days before the incident involving Candy Lightner daughter happened. During this time Candy has been involved with the development of resources that families can receive after a love one is involved an accident with a drunk driver.
Now, Rebecca (Beckie) Brown was also an effective leader within the MADD agency. Rebecca became involved with MADD when her son Marcus died at the age of 18-years old from an accident that involved a 19 year old drunk driver. Rebecca created the first MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in the state of Florida. Rebecca was instrumental in the passing of the legislation that raised the minimum legal drinking age limit. The legal age limit to drunk is 21 now, because of the efforts that Rebecca Brown put into effects. Due to the actions of Rebecca, the U.S. Congress passed the same legislation to other states, to make the legal age limit to drinking is 21 years old (madd.org).
The Problem that Lead to the Creation of MADD
MADD identifies that drunk driving is a social problem, because of the underage...