City hosts national MADD convention

Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 750 people from around the country are gathered in Anchorage this week for the national convention of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

MADD's new national president, Wendy Hamilton, says the country has hit what she calls a ''wall of complacency'' about drunk driving. She says people don't seem as upset about the effects of drunk driving as they once did and the number of fatal drunk driving crashes has been creeping up in the past couple of years.

''Our goal is to get MADD all over again,'' Hamilton said.

The conference is being held at the Egan Civic and Convention Center and the Hilton Hotel. Hamilton says the aim is to help fire up volunteers in the group's 600 chapters around the country.

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