MADD’s Latest Weapon

Posted by Lawrence Taylor on June 4th, 2008

So where is MADD going with their “War on Drunk Driving”?


El Camino Teens Face Heavy Emotions Brought

About by Drunken-Driving Dramatization

Oceanside, CA.  May 30 – It was an elaborate hoax, but 36 students at El Camino High pulled it off with potentially life-saving consequences.

The result was a soberingly realistic dramatization about the dangers of drinking and driving, delivered with surprising professionalism.

Many juniors and seniors were driven to tears – a few to near hysterics – May 26 when a uniformed police officer arrived in several classrooms to notify them that a fellow student had been killed in a drunken-driving accident.

The officer read a brief eulogy, placed a rose on the deceased student’s seat, then left the class members to process their thoughts and emotions for the next hour.

The program, titled “Every 15 Minutes,” was designed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Its title refers to the frequency in which a person somewhere in the country dies in an alcohol-related traffic accident.

About 10 a.m., students were called to the athletic stadium, where they learned that their classmates had not died…

Though the deception left some teens temporarily confused and angry, “If it makes even one student think twice before getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated, it is worth the price”, said California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Newbury, who orchestrates the program at local high schools.

“I want them to be an emotional wreck. I don’t want them to have to live through this for real.”


The laws of every state in this country include a right to sue for the tort of “intentional infliction of emotional distress”.  Are MADD and the California Highway Patrol immune?  Or is this another example of the “DUI Exception”?


(Thanks to John Kruzelock.) 

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  • Major-General

    This is sick, to do this to those kids. The loss of a fellow student is very upsetting. (My senior year of high school a kid shot himself in his driveway.)

    More effective perhaps is the anti-drunk driving talk that was given by the state ME’s office, where he held up death certificates and asked those who planned to drink and drive to please fill them out so they could save the state the trouble of doing the paperwork.

  • jim

    AS I WAS READING WHAT HAPPENED, I T WAS CLEAR IN MY THOUGHTS THAT INTENTIONAL EMOTIONAL DISTRESS WAS INFLICTED ON THE STUDENTS.
    WHAT MAKES YOU SAY THE PARTIES ARE IMMUNE TO THIS TORT?

    WHY DONT YOU TRY IT OUT. SEND LETTERS TO EACH OF THE STUDENTS PARENTS, AND SEE IF YOU GET ANY TAKES FOR THIS LAW SUIT.

  • http://www.duiblog.com Lawrence Taylor

    I was being facetious, Jim.

  • 1234fan80

    I think its a good job done by the police. You need put in there heads , you cannot drink and drive. Like I saw on a funny t-shirt don’t Drink and drive , Drink and Putt

    I had students in my class admitted to drink and driving. Shocking them, that is the only way.

  • koivisto

    This situation is out of hand. In Iraq, depending on whose figures you go by, there have been approximately 500,000 deaths in 4 years. How many in South Africa? The list unfortunately doesn’t stop there. Not to count the causes of death in the United States. Beam me up Scotty, no intelligent life down here…………………..

  • jim

    Mr. Taylor, I didn’t realize you read some of the comments people make.

    I just want you to know I am still hoping to make my own alcotest challange here in NJ, despite State V Chun.

    The record in State V Chun does not show the scientific community accepts it.

    As for this article, I am not being facetious. What if one of the students was so distraught, they went to the bathroom and committed suicide. That board of education is playing russian roulette here.

  • koivisto

    Jim- Good luck and way to go! I encourage your stand and wish you the best. By standing back and doing nothing is what’s letting people with “agendas” get their way. Right is right no matter what BS is thrown in the mix. Wrong is wrong as well. I don’t think driving is good, but the current way of doing things is even worse, guilty until proven innocent for DUI. I too was arrested by a rogue police officer and was able to beat the charge, but how many others weren’t? I try and speak for them in my own little way.

  • standup

    Dear God in Heaven ! What is wrong with these people ? Can you picture some kid who did not appreciate the joke, deliberately getting trashed and then driving ? With an “I’ll show you” kind of motivation ? Or maybe cutting loose in the hallway with a Glock 9mm ? I hope there are lawsuits, and plenty of em. Strike while the iron is hot. Sue for what might have, or could have happened. MADD fully understands about might have and could have. Right Don ?

  • jim

    to be honest, the kids that were missing from each classroom, presumably dead, probably had told their friends/girlfriends, boyfriends, about the whole thing beforhand, and word had probably spread abnout what was going to happen.
    however, these are kids, and its possible that if even one case of this was used to inflict intentional emotional abuse, then it was wrong.

  • standup

    The impression that I’m under,is that the VAST majority of the student body did not know it was a sham.