Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD, celebrates its 40th year with the MADD Law Enforcement Recognition Awards presented virtually across California from July 27 through 31. MADD asks you to join these meaningful virtual events and to take a stand with MADD to be #OneMADDCalifornia.
In its 40th year, as the grass roots organization that started the cultural revolution that made drunk driving unacceptable, program officials ask that you take a stand with #OneMADDCalifornia to further a future with no more victims. Donations will support the continuation of MADD California to provide underage drinking programs and services to victims and families of drunk and drugged driving at no cost. Opening the event to the public, at no charge, will enable more people to appreciate and recognize the commitment of law enforcement professionals and MADD to end impaired driving.
“We recognize that there has been no pause for law enforcement during this pandemic and we are grateful to them. MADD touts that law enforcement are our natural partners and we are very proud of that natural partnership,” said Patricia Rillera, MADD California State Executive Director. “We know people are restless, but this is no time to get reckless. As we emerge from months of staying at home, make sure you always designate a non-drinking driver before you take the first drink — wherever you are. It’s very simple. If you drink, don’t drive. If you drive, don’t drink.”
The MADD Law Enforcement Recognition Awards event has received outstanding reviews since its inception. MADD honors law enforcement officials for their continuous efforts in driving under the influence enforcement. This year, virtually, the event will recognize law enforcement with awards for the number of impaired driving arrests made annually. Each arrest is a life saved and MADD awards their service as they dedicate their lives to keeping state roadways safe. Annually, this event is attended by legislators, key administrators, agency directors, sheriffs, chiefs of police, officers from all facets of law enforcement, government officials, district attorneys, impaired driving survivors and victims eager to show appreciation and support to all awardees.
Drunk driving is the leading killer on roadways and claimed the lives of 1,069 people in California in 2018. In addition, driving while impaired by other drugs — legal and illegal — causes devastating and preventable tragedies.
Since “Safer at Home” orders began in March, MADD California has continued to provide supportive services virtually to victims of drunk and drugged driving. Funds raised from #OneMADDCalifornia will support MADD’s research-based programs to end drunk and drugged driving, support the victims affected by impaired driving and prevent underage drinking. Statewide supporters can donate by calling (714) 838-6199 ext. 6691.
MADD has provided supportive services to nearly one million drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local victim advocates and the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. For more information, visit www.madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.