Saturday, June 14, 2014
Mothers Against Drunk Driving South Carolina (MADD S.C.) announced the availability of a specialty license plate through the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
MADD held press conferences Wednesday, June 4, in DMV offices in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville to talk about how the plates support MADD's mission to eliminate drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.
South Carolinians can get a MADD license plate online or at their local DMV offices.
The price of the plate is $20 for two years, in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee.
About $10 from each plate sold goes to support MADD S.C.'s work.
“Each day, MADD serves victims of DUI crashes, educates parents about how to talk with their teens about alcohol, advocates for stiffer DUI laws and penalties, and provides general awareness information to the public – all at no charge,” said MADD S.C. Advisory Board Chair Terecia Wilson. “The income generated from these special license plates helps support all those services.”
“South Carolina has the third highest rate in the nation for traffic deaths which are DUI related,” said SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo.
“MADD, along with state law enforcement and safety partners, are working hard to change that, and we're proud to help them introduce this new license plate.”
MADD volunteers in the state were instrumental in the push to have the plate created after hearing about MADD license plates in other states.
“The opportunity to order this plate comes at a good time,” said MADD S.C. Program and Fund Development Manager Steven Burritt.
“We are seeing community outrage over the high number of tragedies caused by drunk driving, and with good reason. Our supporters now have a rolling billboard they can put on their cars to remind everyone to use a non-drinking designated driver, while providing MADD resources for our lifesaving work.”
In 2012, there were 358 drunk-driving deaths in South Carolina alone, 16 percent higher than in 2011, and there were more than 10,000 deaths nationwide.
South Carolina consistently ranks among the worst states for DUI.
Customers may apply for the plate online at www.scdmwonline.com.
Form MV-95 applications are also accepted by mail or in a South Carolina DMV office.
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is the nation's largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. See more about the organization at www.madd.org.