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Madd was created because of women that loss their child from drunk drivers. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (Also known by the initials MADD, by which it is hereafter referred as), is a grass-roots organization started in 1980 by Candy Lightner and a group of other mothers who were angry over drunk driving and held meetings on how to stop this violent crime. "MADD's stance is that ONE drink is too many." -Kelly Larkin, Executive Director of MADD Southern Arizona. It has since turned into one of the largest crime victim organizations in the world. What lead to creating Madd because when Candy Lightner's daughter Serena was 18 months old, Lightner's car was hit from the rear by a drunken driver causing slight injury to Serena. Six years later, her son, Travis, was run over and very seriously injured. He suffered numerous broken bones and other injuries, was in a coma, and received permanent brain damage by an unlicensed driver who was impaired by tranquilizers when she injured him.

In spite of her illegal behavior and its permanent consequences, she received no ticket. On May 3, 1980, Candy Lightner's 13-year-old daughter, Cari, was walking in her residential neighborhood in Fair Oaks, California, on her way to a church carnival when she was struck from behind by a drunken driver who briefly passed out, then came to and drove off after having killed the young girl. Cari's body had been thrown 125 feet and was so badly mutilated that her organs could not be donated.

The problem was identified as a social problem, because the crime was committed by a repeat DWI offender who had been released on bail for a hit and run drunken driving crash only two days before he killed Cari, his fifth offense in...