Mothers Against Drunk Driving Take Action in Boone County

1 decade 11 months 2 weeks ago October 13, 2005 Oct 13, 2005 Thursday, October 13 2005 Thursday, October 13, 2005 9:55:47 PM CDT in News

MADD is an acronym for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  One grandma got involved because she found some businesses selling alcohol to minors and confronted them.

"Basically I think they just saw me as an upset grandmother, upset woman. We'll listen to her, we'll pacify her, she'll leave and nothing more will come from it," says Betty Kidwell, MADD coordinator.

But something more did come of it when Kidwell decided to get more involved.

"I decided I needed some muscle behind me and the first thing to come to my mind was madd so all I wanted to do was just join madd and help out in any way that I could and I couldn't find an active chapter," adds Kidwell.

The Boone County chapter disbanded a few years ago, so Kidwell started a new chapter and started gathering the troops, like MADD member Jill Lee.

"I just came because I was part of the original, the old MADD chapter back in the 90s after my parents were killed."

Lee says the former chapter broke up because people lost interest but she's back to get people involved again to help curb drunk driving.

Kidwell says she wants to be able to get enough volunteers to have presentations with drunk driving victims and be able to help law enforcement with sobriety checks.

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