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Running head: SOCIAL POLICY DECISION PAPER1Social Policy Decision PaperNicole JacksonBSHS/355October 25, 2016Stephanie Fiamengo
SOCIAL POLICY DECISION PAPER2Social Policy Decision PaperMay 3, 1980, 13-year-old Cari Lightner of Fair Oaks, California, is walking along a quiet road on her way to a church carnival when a car swerves out of control, striking and killing her. Cari’s tragic death compelled her mother, Candy Lightner, to found the organization Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD), which would grow into one of the country’s most influential non-profit organizations. ("MADD founder’s daughter killed by drunk driver - May 03, 1980 - HISTORY.com," n.d.). In 1980 (the year Cari died) it was discovered that approximately 27,000 drunk driving fatalities occurred in the United States. There were 2,500 in California alone. After Cari Lightner’s mother, Candy Lightner founded MADD demanded Jerry Brown (Governor of the state of California) to set up a state task force to research drunk driving. He finally agreed and made her the first task force member. In 1981, California passed a law for a drunk driver to pay a minimum fine of $375 and if you were a repeat offended you will serve up to four years in jail. President Ronald Reagan soon asked Lightner to serve on the National

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