The organization hopes the donation will help launch the MADD program and save lives

NEW BERN, NC (WNCT) — Saving lives on the roads is the goal of a New Bern woman who uses her personal experience with drunk drivers to help save others.

In January 2022, Brittany Cass was nearly killed by a drunk driver. She said her painful experience led her to found Bold Like Britt, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence.

On Friday, Cass presented a check for $10,000 to Mothers Against Drunk Driving North Carolina, a nonprofit that works to get drunk drivers off the road.

“To our neighborhood, to our community, you know? Where we live, where my children go to school, where we work. And so that’s the goal, to prevent that from happening to, to just one person,” Cass said.

Proceeds from Cass’s check will be used to establish a chapter of MADD in Eastern North Carolina and to further the common goals of Bold Like Britt and MADD NC in Craven and Carteret Counties.

(Sarah Gray Barr, WNCT photo)

“This is going to help us grow our mission, grow our presence in eastern North Carolina,” said Jennifer Lichtneger, executive director of MADD North Carolina.

This mission includes educating children about the dangers of drunk driving, supporting local law enforcement to get offenders off the roads, and providing resources to victims and affected families.

Affected families like Cass’. Her son Maddox said the accident changed their lives forever and was inspired by his mother’s strength.

“I think she’s the strongest person I’ve ever met. That’s what I can tell you,” Maddox Cass said.

Those at the check presentation reflected his message.

“It could happen to your sons, your daughters, your sisters, your brothers, someone you love. It could happen. I never thought this would happen to me or my family, but it did. It made. And so, we need help. We need your help,” Cass said.

For those who want to know more about Audacious Like Britt, the Facebook page can be found here.

For those who want to know more about Mothers Against Drunk Driving in North CarolinaClick here.

Aubrey L. Morgan