If you’ve never heard about MADD, the acronym connotes Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The organization was established in 1980, and has since become a cornerstone in the fight against drunk drivers.
Why is the organization so passionate about this issue?
There are several reasons, including the fact that the founder was personally affected by a drunk driver. Candy Lightner’s 13 year old was taken from her unexpectedly and tragically when a drunk driver claimed her life.
What’s adding fuel to this fire?
Drunk driving statistics are sobering to anyone who lays eyes on the issue. As an example, a person’s life is taken every 53 minutes due to a drunk driver. In addition, intoxication impairs a driver’s ability to react in normal time – making them more delayed in reasoning and connecting the consequences of an action. As an example, failure to stop at a red light, even though this is visible for all drivers to see.
This fact means that drunk drivers are also responsible for a major portion of traffic accidents in the United States.
Some of MADD’s key influences include the enforcement of drunken laws back in the eighties. Had it not been for this organization, understanding or classifying DUIs may not have reached the sophistication it is today.
In the present day, MADD’s influence is still ticking as the firm pushes for stronger initiatives to install Breathalyzer machines in each vehicle. This action would likely prevent all DUIs – and ultimately less deaths or accidents.
As with all things, these initiatives do not go without flaws. A person arrested for DUI and who also tests positive for a DUI may not even be intoxicated at the time. Some illnesses or even faulty testing affect results.
In some ways, those who are falsely accused or arrested are also victims of the system as they have to contend with an arrest record, high fees and more.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for DUI in California, the DUI defense attorneys at MacGregor & Collins can help you. We will bring superior legal experience to aid you in this challenging time. Call us today at (949) 250-6097.