Archive for June 22nd, 2007

Lies, Damned Lies and MADD Press Releases

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

As I’ve written previously, there are “lies, damned lies and statistics”.  And then there are the press releases from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 

The latest release touts the initial legislative success of their newest miracle cure, ignition interlock devices – a cure which MADD recently announced with great fanfare would ”literally wipe out drunk driving in the United States”.


MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk

Driving Gains Momentum

Legislative victories on alcohol ignition interlocks in Arizona and Illinois applauded as new national data show drunk driving fatalities on the rise

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2007:  Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) announced significant state legislative victories in Arizona and Illinois that mandate alcohol ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, moving one step closer to its goal of a drunk-driving free America. The legislative progress is part of a bold new offensive in the war against drunk driving — MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, launched in November 2006.

“Our vision of eliminating drunk driving is one step closer to becoming a reality,” said MADD National President Glynn Birch. “As part of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, we will continue to work nationwide until every state does what Arizona and Illinois have done.”..

MADD’s aggressive legislative strategy aims to strengthen drunk driving laws in all 50 states. Last month, the Arizona legislature and Governor took a bold step for public safety by mandating alcohol ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers…


Funny, the MADD press release didn’t mention certain developments a week earlier in Arizona:


House Votes to Repeal Breath-Test Law

Phoenix, Ariz.  June 15  –  The Arizona House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to repeal a new requirement forcing first-time drunken driving offenders to install breath-testing ignition interlocks on their vehicles…

The new interlock requirement, signed into law nearly a month ago, hasn’t yet taken effect.
 
The 54-1 vote by the House sends the bill to the Senate. ..

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