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Two men, John Knight and Graham Buxton, both who had suffered the loss of children in road crashes by drunken drivers, founded CADD in May 1985. They found little support to help them through their traumatic experience and very little activity to do anything about the waste of life on our roads.

CADD was set up to support families of victims killed and injured by drunken and irresponsible drivers. Its' message was that not nearly enough was being done to prevent other people becoming the innocent victims of drinking drivers and that existing policies and penalties in relation to drinking drivers, especially those who killed or injured others, did not adequately reflect the true nature of the offence.

CADD encouraged victim families to launch private prosecutions on death charges to ensure justice for lost loved ones. Every prosecution launched was successful, which proved beyond doubt that prosecuting authorities was not bringing proper charges. The UK Attorney General acknowledged in writing that there was legitimate cause for concern. Soon afterwards a new offence of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of alcohol/drugs was introduced with a penalty of a maximum of 5 years imprisonment which, under pressure, were increased to 10 years maximum imprisonment (the maximum has now been increased to 14 years). Minimum compensation payments were doubled and police activity in breathtesting suspects was dramatically increased.

CADD established the rights of victim families to attend court hearings and express their feelings in writing to the court by writing to the Clerk. Their right to question inappropriate sentences by complaining to the Attorney General and Parole Board before killer drivers are released was also established.

CADD attracted a great deal of public attention. By the courage of victim families in speaking out, they made the anti-drink drive message real and relevant, not just a matter of statistics. We have, and continue to work closely with the media to increase public awareness to the dangers and terrible consequences of drink driving.

CADD provided the emotional impetus which had until then been lacking in the campaign. The public were confronted by tragic human stories which aroused in them the need for change.

CADD influenced the government campaign, which can be seen in the message of the last 15 years "Drinking and Driving Wrecks Lives"

Recently, CADD has been joined by its sister organisation, SCARD (www.scard.org.uk), and both charities now share offices in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. SCARD is a road safety charity offering support to people affected by road death or injury. The partnership works well and we look forward to working together to improve road safety in the UK.

 
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