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Kendra Rodgers BSHS/355 Social Policy Decisions Paper [Document subtitle]
Kendra Rodgers Introduction A policy can be identified as a course of action both adopted and pursued by the government to change or alter an existing social problem. There are a few steps to the creation of s new policy. First there must be identification that there is a problem that needs to be fixed. Next, there is the actual formation and proposal of the policy, which must then go through different political channels such as interest groups, policy planning or organizations, state legislators and even the president or congress. Finally, the policy must be legitimized by government officials, the policy must then be elected by all branches. Body The acronym MADD stands for mothers Against Drunk Driving. MADD is a nonprofit organization in both the United States and Canada that seeks to stop drunk driving, support those affected by drunk driving, prevent underage drinking and strive for stricter impaired driving polices. The organization was created to educate drivers across the nation on the perils of drinking and then getting behind the wheel of an automobile. Mad was created because of a tragic incident in 1980, when the founder of MADD, Candance Lightner’s 13-year-old daughter Cari Lightner was killed by a drunk driver in Sunset and New York Avenues in Fair Oaks California. The 46-year-old drunk driver who had just recently been arrested for an DUI left the scene of the accident, with Cari still lying in the middle of the road.

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