Social Policy Essay

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Social Policy Decisions Paper Mothers against Drunken Driving (MADD) BSHS/355 University of Phoenix Bryant Jackson Sr. Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving will end this danger on America’s roads. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunken driving victims and survivors at no charge. Mothers against drunk drivers also known as (M.A.D.D.) has been around for thirty two years now. This organization has been at the forefront of the social policy movement to help law enforcement and citizens prevent senseless deaths in America due to drunk driving. MADD was incorporated on September 5, 1980. The mission and purposes of MADD are “To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving." In 1984, MADD changed its name from Mothers against Drunk Drivers to Mothers against Drunk Driving. This carefully considered change with social policy in mind and was made because MADD is opposed to the criminal act of drunk driving, not individuals. MADD also updated its mission statement to “Mothers against Drunk Driving provides leadership to create major social policy change in the attitude and behavior of Americans toward drunk driving." In 1985, MADD’s mission statement was again updated. The mission read, “Mothers against Drunk Driving mobilizes victims and their allies to establish the public conviction that impaired driving is unacceptable and criminal, in order to promote corresponding public policies, programs

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