How Does a DUI Program Get to Domestic Violence?

Here’s an example of how DUI programs get off track. The Luna County (New Mexico) DWI program is hosting an expo “to help raise awareness for a variety of issues while having fun.” After polling teens they decided they would address these issues: “domestic/teen dating violence,” “drug and alcohol abuse,” “bullying,” and “drug trafficking/sales.”

Strangely the event will not address drunk driving. Read the rather uncritical story in the Deming Headlight.

ortbergThe event appears to be headed up by Teresa Ortberg, the county’s DWI prevention specialist.

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3 thoughts on “How Does a DUI Program Get to Domestic Violence?

  1. Teresa Ortberg

    I think that the point was missed on the REASON for the Expo. While we provide DWI programming on a weekly basis, in a group environment, one on one and in the detention center, we also recognize the need for prevention in the multi-faceted lives of today’s youth. The teens of the Luna County Community asked for the information we provided. We did the survey and they gave us the results. Yes, our focus is on prevention of drunk driving, underage drinking and many other issues that are related as to WHY our kids are abusing drugs and alcohol. In the prevention of someone who self medicates one must also recognize the underlying issues for that abuse. It may be that whomever took offense to this event or the subjects addressed, could use a bit of education on the abuse of alcohol themselves. I would be happy to have a conversation with you when it is convenient for you. Even though you failed to share your name or affiliation.

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    1. Ann Willliams

      “Self medicating.” Alcohol is legally defined and classified as “Food” by law, not a drug. If you don’t like the music, change the station. If you don’t want to drink, don’t drink, but what other people do is their business. Until there is provable palatable harm with malice and intent, you’re just another Counter Culture bigot. The reason the 18th Amendment was repealed…Hypocrisy.

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  2. Warren Redlich

    “our focus is on prevention of drunk driving, underage drinking and many other issues that are related as to WHY our kids are abusing drugs and alcohol”

    Then change the name of your organization and stop pretending it’s about drunk driving. MADD deceives donors when it diverges so far from its mission.

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