Mothers Against Drunk Driving Collection, ca. 1980-1992
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (Organization)
3.5 cu. ft. : 11 boxes
After her teenage daughter Cari was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver on May 3, 1980, Candace Lightner was motivated to become an activist and make efforts to have legislation enacted on drunk driving penalties, the drinking age, and other related laws. She founded a non-profit organization, MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in 1980. She resigned from MADD in 1985.
2011 donation: Papers relating to Cari Lightner's death, including medical records, death certificate, arrest record for the intoxicated driver, and related papers; photographs; start-up papers for MADD; papers relating to local chapters of MADD; speeches; the script for a 1983 movie about Lightner; awards given to Lightner; and printed materials such as newsletters, clippings, press releases, and magazines.
Addendum: Audiovisual materials, including DVDs and VHS tapes of Lightner's telelvision appearances and interviews, and of news features on the subject of drunk driving; letters; articles; awards; annual reports; newsletters; a White House invitation; a scrapbook of articles on drunk driving; a scrapbook of articles and photographs relating to the 1983 movie; posters; and press releases and other printed materials.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Collection, 1980-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Drunkenness (Criminal law)
2012.3002 (NMAH Acc.)
2016.3035 (NMAH Acc.)
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