Archive for January 10th, 2006

MADD Continues on Path to Prohibition

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

I've pointed out in past posts that Mothers Against Drunk Driving has gradually been shifting its focus from DUI to prohibition. The first formal acknowledgement took place in 1999 when MADD's National Board of Directors unanimously voted to change the organization's mission statement to include underage drinking. Not underage drinking and driving — just drinking. As Candy Lightner, the founder and first President of MADD, observed after leaving the organization:

It has become far more neo-prohibitionist than I ever wanted or envisioned. I didn't start MADD to deal with alcohol. I started MADD to deal with the issue of drunk driving.

News stories continue to emerge reflecting this underlying agenda — the latest from North Carolina, entitled "DWI checkpoints snare drunks on N.C. roads; MADD says laws don't go far enough". Among MADD's recommendations for new laws: "Requiring identification tags for beer kegs showing the buyer's name and the location where the keg will be used."

One step at a time….

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