Fighting Drunk Driving

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MADD and the Mississippi Federation of Women are joining forces to fight underage drinking and driving.

A two-year campaign is underway to raise awareness and funding for media presentations in schools and educational efforts statewide. The announcement was made during the federation's summer institute workshop. The volunteerism organization will work with MADD to raise up to $100,000 in the next year to stop teens from drinking and getting behind the wheel.

"We want them to understand that when they drink and drive there are consequences, and so we want to get at the age level that we can even prevent them even getting in the car with an adult that is drinking or impaired," said Deborah Dickens of MS Federation of Women’s Clubs.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, more than 250 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in Mississippi last year.