Drinking and driving has become one of the most stigmatized crimes that people can commit in our society. Thanks to the efforts of organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD for short, it has finally become an issue that most people understand as deadly serious.
We just found a video of an off duty police officer who has had way to much to drink. So much so, that a number of people in his community had called 911 to report the erratic driving, unaware of who was behind the wheel. How did his brothers in blue handle the situation when they finally pulled him over? Remarkably, thank you very much. In a time when all we hear about are bad cops, you are going to love this video of cops doing their job so professionally.
In this video, we see some cops pulling over a reckless, and obviously wasted driver. As they get closer to his vehicle, he tells them that he is “one of you guys.” He then starts trying to get his fellow officers to just let him sleep it off, instead of filing a report.
“Um, just let me go,” the intoxicated cop says to the deputies.
“I can’t,” the officer says. “I’ve got multiple 911 calls about a reckless driver. Your plate and all matches.” The responding officer then asks the Lieutenant if he would simply let a drunk driver go because he was a cop.
“Yes. Just because,” the driver says before trailing off in a drunken stupor.
Before being taken into custody, the bad lieutenant’s blood alcohol level was reported to be over three times the legally allowed limit.
What was once looked at as “boys being boys” has changed in public perception as a wholly preventable cause of death for more than ten thousand people on our nation’s roads and highways. Much of that shift in public policy and attitudes is thanks to just one organization: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD.
According to their website, MADD’s mission is simple:
“On September 5, 1980, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) was incorporated and the mission as stated in its Articles of Incorporation were “To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving.”
In 2016, MADD’s efforts to significantly reduce drunk driving through the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving as well as interest in defining it’s role in the fight against drugged driving, the Board of Directors revised it’s mission to reflect those priorities to, “The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking.”
MADD’s website also disseminates information on driving and substance abuse, and has some terrifying numbers on the subject:
In 2014 more than one million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
That same year, males were three times more likely to be arrested for drunk driving as females.
The rate of drunk driving is highest, about twenty one percent, among people aged twenty six to twenty nine.
During 2014, the highest percentage of fatal car crashes involving drinking were among people aged twenty one to twenty four, or about thirty percent. The second highest rate was people aged twenty five to thirty four, and the third highest percent was people between thirty five and forty four years of age.
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