An Iconic Presence in American Life
Candace Lightner is a groundbreaking activist, mentor, author and spokesperson, who is widely recognized as one of the most influential American citizens of the twentieth century. Fueled by grief and anger, Candace founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in May 1980 after her 13-year-old daughter was killed by a multiple repeat offending drunk driver. It was the largest anti-drunk driving movement in the world. Lightner has been credited with focusing unprecedented attention on the issue of impaired driving, shaping public perception, advancing tough legislation and leading to a dramatic reduction in drunk driving deaths and injuries. She continues her advocacy work today as the founder of We Save Lives, taking on drunk, drugged, and distracted driving through legislative advocacy, social media, consumer education, and coalition building.