MADD Resistance from MADD

The Georgetown Record reports on a conflict between MADD entities. The state MADD for Massachusetts is resisting efforts by the national MADD and the NTSB to lower BAC limits to 0.05.

Mass MADD's David DeIuliis and friends.
Mass MADD’s David DeIuliis and friends.

The state chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) does not support the NTSB’s proposal, partially due to concerns it would detract from MADD’s separate efforts to curb drunken driving fatalities. … “We think that the more prudent course of action is to enforce the existing laws and continue going forward with some of the things we talk about in our campaign to eliminate drunk driving,” said David DeIuliis, program manager of MADD’s Massachusetts branch.

The article casts further doubt on claims from MADD and the NTSB that the lower level would save lives, noting:

There was only one fatal accident occurring during that [4-year] time period where the driver involved had a BAC between .05 and .08, the range the NTSB recommended re-examining. It took place in Wakefield in 2010, and involved a 24 year-old driver who registered a .07 blood-alcohol level and tested positive for oxycodone and benzoylecgonine.

Fair DUI congratulates the Massachusetts MADD chapter for showing some sense. We hope that spreads.

Update: Here’s a similar story from Virginia’s Fox 43 TV:

Walsh lost her only daughter Robin to a habitual offender on his third DUI. Since that awful day, Walsh and her husband, Bob, have spent most of their time educating others about the dangers of drunk driving.

Walsh says lowering the legal limit is not the answer — enforcing the current law is.

“Judges will laugh at that,” said Walsh. “They laugh at a 0.08. They may not have a smile on their face, but their rulings show it.”

Through MADD’s court monitoring program, Walsh has observed what she calls a disturbing pattern. She says drivers with BACs lower than 0.10 are often let off the hook, and, in many cases, Walsh says their DUI charges are reduced to reckless driving.

“It’s going to pack the court rooms that’s for sure,” said Walsh, discussing the recommendation. “But they already ignore a 0.08. I don’t see how a 0.05 is going to help.”