Mothers Against Drunk Driving: An Organization Aiming to Address a Persistent Problem


Residents of Rhode Island aren’t strangers to the dangers of drunk drivers. Our small state is home to nearly 20 DUI-related deaths each and every year. Just two months ago, a woman was charged with the death of two passengers following a high-speed collision into a median. The driver’s blood-alcohol content registered at .210, which is almost three times the legal limit.

This certainly isn’t the only instance of a person deciding to drive under the influence in the state; according to statistics from the CDC from 2012, 2.7% of Rhode Island residents admitted to driving after drinking too much alcohol compared to the nationwide average of 1.7%.

Concerned about the prevalence of drunk driving across the country, one organization is taking action to decrease the number of injuries and deaths caused by drunk drivers. Marasco & Nesselbush Law Offices are proud to support MADD’s cause.


What is MADD?

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also known as MADD, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the dangers of driving under the influence. The group launched the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving in 2006, which seeks to implement more stringent drunk driving laws across the country and enforce more severe penalties for those who drive under the influence. Such penalties include ignition interlocks, which are breathalyzers installed in vehicles of DUI offenders.

MADD also seeks to encourage all states to implement sobriety checkpoints – locations at which police officers screen drivers for signs of drug and alcohol impairment.


Rhode Island’s MADD Rating

So how does Rhode Island stack up to other states according to MADD? Rather poorly, as it turns out. The state received a 1.5-star rating from the organization out of a possible 5, making Rhode Island one of the lowest-ranking states in the country. MADD suggests that the state enhance its DUI laws by legalizing sobriety checkpoints and enacting an administrative license revocation law, among other things.


Walk Like MADD–Raising Funds and Awareness

2018 is a milestone for MADD’s mission to reduce drunk driving. This year marks MADD’s tenth anniversary of Walk Like MADD, a fundraising event whose mission is to shed light on the plague of drunk driving across the country. Rhode Island’s Walk Like MADD event will be held on June 2 at 10:00 a.m. in Warwick City Park in Warwick, Rhode Island. Individuals who are interested in contributing to the cause can donate up until June 2nd at 12:00 p.m. Over $20,000 has been raised in Rhode Island alone.


Join Us In Supporting MADD

>Marasco & Nesselbush Law Offices are a proud supporter of MADD’s efforts to curb drunk driving. Our offices will be participating in the Walk Like MADD fundraiser, and encourage everyone to participate in any way they can. You can lend your support by donating to the cause or by participating in the event. To register for the event, visit Walk Like MADD’s website.