Georgia MADD Awarded Grant
The Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) affiliate office in Georgia has been awarded a $126,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The group is happy to announce that the money will be used to help support the efforts of law enforcement in the state.
The grant money will be used to support law enforcement, but it will also be allocated to promote underage drinking prevention programs and other MADD campaigns that aim to reduce drunk driving. One such campaign is MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving that runs through September 2016.
A statewide law enforcement recognition event supports the project as well. The event honors more than 500 officers every year for their dedication to preventing and eliminating drunk driving. Hands Across the Border is another project aimed to eradicate drunk driving across the state.
MADD is also working to equip parents with the knowledge and ability to have ongoing conversations with their children regarding underage drinking and impaired driving. MADD’s Power of Parents program focuses its efforts on PowerTalk 21, a day when parents are encouraged to talk to their children about not drinking alcohol until they are legally able to do so.
MADD’s Georgia State Executive Director, Debbie May, said, “The support of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety enables MADD to expand lifesaving and dynamic mission programs across the state of Georgia and continue the vital support of law enforcement efforts to make our roadway safer and protect our families.”