Candy Lightner founded one of the country's largest activist organizations, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, after her daughter died in a drunk driving accident. EVIDENCE: She was rear ended by a drunk driver, and her daughter Serena who was 18 months at the time was injured. Six years later an impaired driver ran over her son Travis. He had many broken bones and other injuries, was in a coma, and had permanent brain damage. The driver who injured him was impaired by tranquilizers when she ran over him. She also had no license. Yet she got no ticket. On May 3, 1980, Candy Lightner’s 13-year-old daughter, Cari, was walking in her residential neighborhood in Fair Oaks, California. She was on her way to a church carnival. A drunken driver struck her from behind. He briefly passed out, came to, and drove off after having killed the young girl. The crash threw Cari’s body 125 feet and so badly mutilated her body that her organs were not donatable. Killing Cari was his fifth offense in four years. CLAIM: Lightner is a hero in my eyes because any day, at anytime, and anywhere a person can be involved in a car crash due to a drunk or drugged driver. She is very philanthropic. ANALYSIS: Candy Lightners MADD foundation is a very successful topic, it is important to acknowledge this affect and take charge over drinking and driving.
After Cari’s death, Lightner started up an organization to advocate stiffer penalties for drunk driving. Candy was so upset and determined to fix this problem, that she quit her job and used her savings to fund Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). She joined with Cindi Lamb, whose daughter was paralyzed by a drunk driving accident. The two women went to Washington that October to raise awareness about the issue.
MADD and the National Football League (NFL) joined forces in 2010 to collaborate on player and employee programs. I think that this is important. It shows how much people care about this rather than others. If your icon was a drunk driver would you still look up to them? What would you do if a loved one was killed in a drunk driving accident? This is why it’s so good that MADD has cut the number of drunk drivers in half.
Sean Carter was an athlete and model before a drunk driver took his ability to talk and walk. Sean and his mom Jenny spread the message to never drink and drive. As seen in the video above, this one beer, or one cup of whatever... can lead to an injury not fixable like this one. Always have a idea to get home if your going somewhere and know your going to be drinking. Don’t even let your best friend who has been drinking drive you anywhere.
A drunk driver in a stolen pickup speeding the wrong way down a busy Fort Worth street slammed head-on into her car. Jeremy Solis landed in jail for 10 years, and Chilli landed in a wheelchair. When Arabella Vásquez (mother) arrived at the hospital, she wasn’t sure that her fourth child would even survive the terrible crash. Her little girl’s injuries were massive. But Arabella says Chilli is her miracle child, and after 105 days in the hospital, Chilli went home to her—and her family’s—new life. Now her parents, brother, and sisters help take care of her. Arabella initially had to quit her job to be able to do all the extra things it takes to care for a disabled child. She says it’s not easy to look after Chilli and her four brothers and sisters. Some days Chilli is sad and depressed. Some days there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. There is no end to the medical bills, which exceeded $1.6 million during the first month Chilli was in the hospital. Still, Arabella is proud of all that Chilli has accomplished since the crash. She laughs and plays like other children. She does well in school. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up so she can help others the way doctors have helped her.
All of this started with a single foundation made by Candy Lightner. She is an inspiration to all. I believe that all drunk drivers should feel bad because they changed someones life forever.