Maryland woman named MADD national president
MADD, the national organization dedicated to fighting drunk driving, announced Thursday that a Maryland woman who lost her 15-year-old daughter in a crash caused by an intoxicated motorist has been elected its national president.
Jan Withers of Upper Marlboro, who will serve a three-year term at MADD's helm, was introduced at a news conference at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
According to MADD, Withers joined the group in 1992 after her daughter, Alisa Joy, was killed in a crash caused by an underage drunk driver. Withers, who has served as a MADD volunteer for almost 20 years, will take office July 1.
According to MADD, Withers was an active participant in the successful national and Maryland campaigns to lower the blood-alcohol content level at which a driver is considered drunk from .10 to .08, which has become the national standard. She has served on the national MADD board since 2005.