General Motors Vice President of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs, Michael Robinson, has presented a $150,000 check to Mothers Against Drunk Driving CEO Debbie Weird, to help the organization fund preventative education courses and provide support services to victims of drunk driving and their families.
“Keeping drivers and passengers safe in and around vehicles is a top priority for our company and this grant is another example of our dedication to vehicle safety in every form,” said Robinson.
According to MADD statistics, 9, 878 people were killed and another 315, 000 injured as a result of drunk driving in 2011. MADD provides services to one victim every 8.6 seconds free of charge, last year more than 61, 000 people received aid from the organization.
Since 1995, the GM Foundation has donated more than 3.9 million dollars to support the organizations drunk driving prevention efforts, victim recovery work and awareness initiatives.
“Until we reach the point where impaired driving and related tragedies are eliminated, we’ll continue to support MADD’s commitment to addressing the problem.” Robinson added.
Part of GM’s grant will also go towards supporting the Power of Parents program, an initiative directed at providing parents the correct tools and information needed to prevent underage drinking.