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MADD’s Statement on Alarming Increase in Traffic Deaths in 2021

The news today that 31,720 people – an average of 116 people per day – were killed in traffic crashes during the first nine months of 2021 serves as yet another wakeup call that complacency only worsens the public safety crisis on America’s roads. These new statistics indicate that lives taken by someone’s choice to drive impaired will reach the highest levels in over a decade while traffic safety enforcement resources have been cut across the country. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) again commends Secretary Buttigieg and the U.S. Department of Transportation for issuing the National Roadway Safety Strategy. In light of this report that shows highway fatalities continue at unacceptable levels, we urge the Secretary to convene a national Call to Action meeting as soon as possible to implement the strategy. The strategy must prioritize swift implementation of the Congressionally mandated rulemaking to require technology in all new cars that will prevent drunk driving, and actions to increase fair and just traffic safety enforcement with a true sense of urgency to save lives and prevent injuries.

– MADD National President Alex Otte

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD has helped to save more than 400,000 lives, reduce drunk driving deaths by more than 50 percent and promote designating a non-drinking driver. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for law enforcement support, ignition interlocks for all offenders and advanced vehicle technology. 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. Visit www.madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.

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