The Fort Bend County Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Action Group had a highly successful start at the first meeting for this new community group focussing on the mission and services provided by MADD. Several people from different aspects of our community all gathered and learned about focusing on Ft. Bend County and the support of our law enforcement officers here in the attempt to deter drunk driving. Statistics for Ft. Bend are some of the highest in the United States.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a non profit organization that has celebrated it’s 30th anniversary of assisting victims of the violent crime of drunk driving crashes. The mission of MADD is three fold. First goal is to stop drunk driving. Second goal is to support the victims of this violent crime. And the third goal is the prevention of underage drinking. These goals and MADD’s mission is in many layers. “There are several misconceptions about MADD, that should become public knowledge, “ says Dave Anderson, the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources for the Southeast Texas Regional offices of MADD. “MADD is not against drinking. And MADD is not against driving. We just don’t want the two to go together at the risk of harm and death to the driver and others on the roadways.” Anderson continued to inform us that MADD has dozens of ways that they assist victims and their families of drunk driving. He also explained that MADD is not all women (mothers) that attempt to lobby for tougher laws against drunk drivers. There are more effective and protective laws on the books now thanks to the efforts of MADD but the main 3 focuses of MADD are as listed above.
For the Ft. Bend MADD Action Group there is a need for volunteers and community to become involved in several directions including law enforcement appreciation, court monitoring, press research, assisting victims, youth programs, and more. The next meeting for the MADD Action Group is Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Headquarters of Missouri City, located at 3849 Cartwright, between Dulles and Murphy Road 1092.
This group is open to the community and for people that are of high school age on up. For more information please contact Dave Anderson, MADD, 281-590-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a victim of a drunk driving crash, at any time in your life, please contact Dave as well.