Mothers Against Drunk Drivers speak up during National Passenger Safety Week

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- For the first time ever, it is National Passenger Safety Week, and the founders of Mothers Against Drunk Driving are speaking up about why it’s important.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving say that 62% of traffic deaths are made up of passengers.

They say it’s extremely important to speak up for your own safety when you’re a passenger and feel unsafe.

“What we’re trying to do is empower passengers to speak up for themselves to not get into the car with someone who’s driving drunk or drugged. And if they are in the care with someone whose driving distracted to very gently but with love and purpose tell them that’s just not acceptable,” said Mother Against Drunk Driving founder, Candace Lightner.

Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Drivers in 1980 after losing her 13-year-old daughter Cari to a multiple repeat offender drunk driver.