The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving – MADD – is trying to increase awareness of the number of children who are killed or injured while riding with someone who has been drinking. MADD says it’s no longer just a case of looking out for the other driver. It points to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study showing hundreds of children die, every year, while riding with drivers who had been drinking. Angela Hirsch, the Executive Director of the Missouri State Office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, says criminal charges against drinking and driving alone are not enough to deal with this problem. Hirsch is calling for tougher child endangerment laws tied to drinking and driving, saying every child deserves a designated driver. The federal study finds that of the 2,335 children killed between 1997 and 2002 in crashes involving drinking drivers, 68-percent were riding in cars with drivers who had been drinking.
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