Car Insurance Co. Supports Efforts to Stop Impaired Driving

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State Farm Auto Insurance is joining Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) by sponsoring the organization’s “Walk Like MADD” 5-k walks in cities nationwide.

The event encourages corporations and groups of individuals to create teams of 10 or more people to each raise $100 in donations that will go to MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.

State Farm Insurance community relations assistant vice president Kellie Clapper says supporting an organization like MADD is important because of its dedication to saving lives.

“State Farm supports Walk Like MADD because we know that drinking and driving are a dangerous combination,” says Clapper. “Join the Walk and help us support Mothers Against Drunk Driving in its efforts to reduce impaired driving.”

This is the 30th year MADD has been combating impaired driving practices. Within that time frame, according to the organization, the number of people killed by drunk driving has been cut by 50 percent. While the decrease in drunk driving is positive, more work needs to be done to make the number drop further.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that nearly 20 percent of drivers under the age of 20 who died in a motor vehicle accident in 2008 were intoxicated.

Motorists who are caught operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol can face a variety of consequences depending on their blood alcohol level at the time of the offense as well as the state they are caught in. Those convicted of drunk driving can find it difficult to obtain coverage and may have to turn to high risk auto insurance companies.

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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