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Drunk-Driving Foes Split on Severity of Penalties

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving has severed ties with an ally backed by the liquor industry, contending that the group is undermining MADD's campaign to eliminate drunken driving.

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Dee C (23)
Tuesday June 9, 2009, 6:37 am
"MADD asked the Century Council, a nonprofit organization funded by liquor makers such as Diageo PLC, to stop proclaiming it is a partner in MADD's mission and to remove MADD's logo from its Web site and other materials.

MADD, a nonprofit based in Irving, Texas, said the Century Council has hindered its efforts by, among other things, opposing state legislation requiring harsher penalties for people convicted of drunken driving for the first time.

MADD said the Century Council had pledged to stay neutral on the measures. It also said the Century Council places too much emphasis on so-called hardcore drunken drivers and not enough on confronting the broader problem of all people who drink and drive.

"When they get in the way of our efforts to get the drunk drivers off the road, we get deeply offended," said Chuck Hurley, MADD's chief executive.

Ralph Blackman, chief executive of the Century Council, said his group is disappointed by MADD's decision. "Given the fact that we have the same end goal in mind, it's unfortunate that we are having a debate over tactics," he said."

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Rocio C (38)
Wednesday June 10, 2009, 8:25 pm
Will I live enough to see that some day people will be aware of what alcohol and driving means? Will people see that it means death? Hope so. Great post.
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