WHAT: Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) Georgia will host their annual legislative day and a press conference at the Capitol to highlight the continued increase in drunk driving deaths in Georgia. Drunk Driving REMAINS the #1 cause of death on our roadways in the United States. A press conference, a rally and a moment of silence will take place inside Georgia State Capitol to raise awareness of MADD victim services, and to let victims know that they always have a place at MADD.
WHEN: February 26, 2019
WHERE: Georgia State Capitol
2nd Floor, South Wing
WHO: The following people will be in attendance:
- Helen Witty, MADD National President
- Senator Donzella James, GA State Senate, 35th District
- Natasha Mitchell, Victim Speaker, MADD State Advisory Council member
- Jeana Fortenberry, Victim Speaker
- Lisa Gilmer, Victim Speaker
WHY: In 2017, 366 people in Georgia were killed in drunk driving crashes. It is a leading killer on Georgia roadways, killing 15,461 people since 1982. Additionally, Nationwide, ONE PERSON IS KILLED every 48 minutes and EVERY 2 MINUTES someone is injured in the United States.
Lawmakers must take action to protect the rights of Georgia residents by enacting legislation that would make Georgia the 33rd state to require the use of ignition interlocks for anyone who seeks driving privileges after a DUI. Georgia also should mandate the use of ignition interlocks for anyone who refuses an alcohol test and seeks driving privileges during an administrative license suspension or the suspected drunk driver simply cannot drive — a law in 31 states already.
MADD supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 3 minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP.