August 03, 2015
MADD, Mother against Drunk Driving, was created by Candace Lightner, after the death of her daughter. MADD was a group of mother's coming to support each other and change the consequences that drunk drivers received after being caught drinking and driving. The organization has lobbied for many social policy changes against the rulings of accidents and even state regulation on the legal drinking age for the 50 states. Because of some policies created new interest have arrived like the prevention of underage drinking. MADD movement all started after the tragic death of 13-year-old Cari Lightner.
The Start of MADD
On May 03, 1980 Cari Lightner was walking along a quiet road on her way to a church carnival when a car swerves out of control, striking and killing her (Stancato, 2013). After the tragic event Candy, Cari’s Mother started the group Mother against Drunk Drivers. Candace Lightner’s was determination to put an end to DUI’s after losing her 13-year-old daughter to a drinking driver. Who was not only drunk at the time of the crash, but also had two prior DUI convictions on his record before the incident (Stancato, 2013)? In fact, Clarence Busch had been arrested on another hit-and-run drunk-driving charge less than a week earlier before Cari’s accident (History, n.d.).
When a DUI occurred, many drunk drivers were rarely prosecuted harshly. Few drunk drivers were subjected to jail time. Fatalities were still considered accidents instead of being called vehicular homicide that is what Candace Lightner believed they were (History, n.d.). The term ‘accident’ is no longer used in relation to a drunk driving incident – instead the word ‘crash’ is used, because an incident caused by the deliberate action of drinking and driving is not considered an accident (Stancato, 2013).
MADD became the fight against “the only socially accepted form of homicide” says Candace in History...