Posts Tagged ‘MADD’

She must be MADD to be driving while she’s this drunk!

Monday, February 28th, 2011

How much alcohol do you have to drink to blow .234?  Ask Debra Oberlin, a 48 year old woman who was recently arrested for DUI in Gainesville Florida. Two things make Oberlin’s arrest worth commenting on.

The first is her blood alcohol level.

According to a report posted on Gainsville.com, Oberlin supplied breath samples of .234 and.239. The legal limit in Florida is driving under .o8. For those (like me) who sometimes have challenges with math, that means her blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit. Three times!

The second thing that makes Oberlin’s arrest interesting, is that she was the former president of a now defunct chapter of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that MADD started out as a grass roots organization with the original goal of getting drunk drivers off of the road (in my opinion, a worthy goal – who doesn’t want safer roads?). Since then, MADD has become a behemoth with (I believe) the goal of raising as much money as possible to support corporate salaries and promote abstinence. But I digress.

The point of this article isn’t to slam MADD. I’l do that in another post. The point of this article is to show that anyone is capable of slipping up. And Debra Oblerlin REALLY slipped up.

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When an MLA (Thornthwaite) gets charged with D.U.I., what should she do?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

What, if anything, does it say about DUI laws when a lawmaker is charged with it? And what should that lawmaker do if she finds herself in that position? While the World focuses on the last few days of the Olympics, one Vancouver politician will have to focus on how she will deal with being charged with impaired driving, and MADD’s calls for her resignation.

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