IRVING, Tx. — On Jan. 1, Alex Otte was promoted to the national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Her family joined MADD in 2010 after she had been severely injured by an intoxicated boater when she was just 13 years old.
Otte was on a jet ski on a Kentucky lake near her home when a drunk boater crashed into her at nearly 70 mph. The accident caused a severe brain injury, a broken neck and collarbone, a shattered jaw, a lacerated liver, two shattered femurs, and the loss of her right leg below the knee.
As president, Otte will serve as a national spokesperson and chief advocate for MADD, which grew from a grassroots movement begun by a grieving mother in 1980.
Otte became involved with MADD as a volunteer, attending annual Walk Like MADD events and connecting with students in high schools in her home state of Kentucky. She served as a National Teen Influencer for MADD in 2014 and was awarded MADD’s National Youth Activist of the Year award in 2015 for her tireless efforts to pass ignition interlock legislation in her state.
Otte follows Helen Witty, who served as MADD National President in 2019 and 2020.