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Social Policy Decisions PaperLeonardo L. Ruiz BHS 355Instructor: Nhung Phan
Social Policy DecisionsIn this paper, the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will be discussed. The writer will go over how and why MADD was created, the problems that lead to the creation of the organization, how it influenced policies and the problems experienced while implementing the policies. The effects of these social policies on Human Services delivery will also be addressed. This paper will take the reader through the history and positive outcomes of MADD.Mothers against Drunk Driving started as a grass roots citizen activist group and were founded in 1980 (Learn More, n.d.). The founder of MADD, Candice Lightner, created this organization after a drunken hit-and-run driver killed her 13-year-old daughter, Cari, at Sunset and New York Avenues in Fair Oaks, California (Friedrich, 1985). Lightner banded with other mothers who proposed in their hearts to make a stand against factors causing the tragedies associated with alcohol. The overall mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to: stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking (MADD). MADDis very big on educating the public on the dangers and results of drunk driving. They are also huge on advocacy and providing assistance to victims and their loved ones.In the early 1980s, MADD got the attention of New Jersey Senator Frank R. Lautenberg.