May 3: Cari Lightner, daughter of MADD founder Candy Lightner, was killed by a drunk driver on this date in 1980

GE Anderson
3 May 2013

Thirty-three years ago today -- on May 3, 1980 -- Cari Lightner, the 13-year-old daughter of Candice "Candy" Lightner, was killed by a drunk driver in Fair Oaks. Calif. At the time, drunk driving was not considered a serious crime and offenders routinely escaped serious punishment, prompting Candy Lightner to describe the act as "the only socially accepted form of homicide." The tragedy inspired her to organize Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), and the world soon followed her lead. Drunk driving still accounts for nearly a third of fatal accidents, but the death rate from drunk drivers has fallen steadily over the past three decades, thanks in no small part to MADD's efforts:


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