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.”

Epic Fail: Stop DWI Sign

Think MADD and their friends are smart? Here’s the Madison County Stop DWI program proving you wrong.

The full language on the sign was as follows:

Driving Drunk??
Don’t take your kids with you.
Be sure a sober driver takes them home!

And even when confronted with the problem, they still don’t get it:

Stephen Goodfriend, the Madison County STOP DWI coordinator, said the sign does not condone drinking and driving so long as kids are not in the car.

“That’s really not the message of the sign,” he said.

[Undersheriff] Ball said he doesn’t think so, either.

“I don’t, because I know the reasoning behind it,” he said. “I know what the message is intended to be.”

The full story is on the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

MADD Doing Parenting Workshops?

Drunk driving prevention?
Drunk driving prevention?
For those who remember, Mothers Against Drunk Driving used to be against drunk driving. As noted in a recent post, a DWI program in New Mexico is doing an event about domestic violence.

Today we find that a MADD chapter in Hawaii is holding a “Community Power Night” with events that include parenting workshops for adults, self-expression for teens, face painting, crafts, storytelling, and “games for keiki”. Apparently keiki is the Hawaiian word for children or babies.

Somehow they claim this event focuses on preventing underage drinking. There doesn’t appear to be anything in the event about driving. Read the uncritical media account of it at Big Island Video News.

DUI Checkpoints Gone Wrong

We found a lovely article from back in May describing a DUI checkpoint in action. The Hartford Courant reports on a DUI checkpoint that stopped nearly 1400 vehicles. How many DUI arrests?


Only two of the drivers were even tested for their blood alcohol content. Both were within the legal limit and were not arrested. There were 20 “arrests” (we suspect some of these were just tickets) and none of the arrests were for DUI. They were mostly for paperwork violations regarding licenses, registrations and insurance.

Berlin deputy chief Klett claims that “The whole point of the checkpoints … is to detect intoxicated drivers and get them off the roads.”

Assuming some of the vehicles had passengers, roughly 2000 people were subjected to warrantless search and seizure. Or perhaps we should say unwarranted.

More DUI Police Misconduct – Tampa

Great article here about police misconduct in handling DUI stops in the Tampa area – Lakeland. As a result 40 some cases may be thrown out. A good start.

My Fox Tampa Bay

This all started with the infamous “bra shakedown.” In that case, an officer pulled over a woman, and is seen on video telling her to shake out her bra — twice. He said he was checking for drugs.

Radio Interviews

Two more radio interview about Fair DUI:

This morning Warren was interviewed by Chris Sorochin of WUSB (Stonybrook) for the “If This Be Treason” show. The interview is about an hour long, and has a decidedly libertarian bent.

And a couple days ago Warren was on with Wolf and Ellen Zee on the Wolf in the Morning show on 100.9 in Albany, New York.

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.