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Drunk Drivers...No M.A.D.D. in Panhandle

Every thirty seconds someone in the country dies from an alcohol related accident.

But for the first time since 2005 Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a visible presence in the Panhandle but without M.A.D.D. Employees.

NewsChannel 10 spoke with the Panhandle Area Health Education Center in Canyon to find out why they rented the DWI trailer and why there is not a local M.A.D.D. Chapter.

Education to save lives is why Jennie Russell says the DWI trailer needed to come to Amarillo with or without the help of a local chapter.

"I want all of us to realize it takes all of us to come together as a community and take a step in the right direction.

The Amarillo chapter was closed in 2005 because of lack of funding but Russell says a local chapter of M.A.D.D. will be able to save more lives in our community.

"I met some people in passing last night who expressed some interest, but as far as a committment there is noone willing to committ, but I think all it takes is someone to put their money where their mouth is."

A director in El Paso says if the panhandle is able to fund a chapter...it can happen.

"If there's individuals who are willing to donate money as far as getting an office located then we would be more than willing to get that Amarillo office back and started."



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