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AL: MADD gets grant from Riley

Press Release

MONTGOMERY- Gov. Bob Riley has awarded a grant to an organization that assists Alabamians who are victims of drunken drivers.

The $27,645 grant will help Alabama Mothers Against Drunk Driving provide victim services including court accompaniment and assistance in filing for victims' compensation. The state organization also helps those who have lost loved ones in crashes caused by alcohol-impaired drivers.

"Victims of drunken drivers and the families of victims often face a long and hard recovery," Riley said. "I commend MADD for offering programs that guide victims and help families deal with tragic circumstances."

MADD provides guidance and support to victims throughout the criminal justice process.  The organization operates a 24-hour crisis hotline for victims, offers individual and group counseling and helps victims secure other needed services.

The organization educates the public about the dangers of drinking and driving and works to prevent underage drinking. Presentations are conducted at schools, churches and other community meeting places. 

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to Alabama by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Riley notified Kevin Watkins of MADD that the grant had been approved. Matching funds of $6,911 will supplement the award. 

Source: Alabama Department of Development and Community Affairs

          

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