The Campaign For DA

1.26.2015

Does MADD Invest In Ignition Interlock Companies?



GRAPEVINE — It’s been 10 years since Texas changed its drunken-driving laws, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving says that’s why Texas leads the nation in DWI deaths.

Really?  Let's look at Texas law.

  • A 90 day driver's license suspension for providing a breath or blood sample over .08 even before a DWI case is filed. 
  • A 180 day suspension for refusing to provide a sample.
  • The cops have the right to take your blood without your consent after completing a fill-in-the-blank search warrant affidavit.
  • A person is subject to at least $3,000 in "administrative fees" to Texas after a conviction regardless of what the punishment was in criminal court.
  • Also, an ignition interlock device is required if a person receives a probation and had a blood alcohol concentration of at least .15.
  • An ignition interlock device is required if a person receives a probation of a DWI-Second. 
  • An ignition interlock device can be required immediately after the arrest as a condition of bond. 
  • You can receive up to a $2,000 fine for a first offense.
  • You can receive up to 180 days in jail for a first offense. 
So our laws aren't tough enough? That's why we lead the nation in DWI deaths? Could it possibly be because we are a big state? 

I'd love to see MADD's financial statements. 




24 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know your commenters are just going to say "It's the Mexicans".

Anonymous said...

12:41 and you are the first.

Anonymous said...

MADD won't be happy with summary roadside executions and property seizure. They always want more because they know nobody will stand up to their bully tactics.

Anonymous said...

And this all goes away if no one would drive under the influence.

But you can't fix stupid... legislatively or otherwise.

When drunk drivers are no longer killing people, I'll sympathize. Until then, STFU.

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't that read "...an ignition interlock device is required if a person receives a probation and had a blood alcohol concentration of at least .15"?

Anonymous said...

.08 for an Interlock? And I thought it was .15. What am I missing?

Anonymous said...

MADD should admit that, despite their concerted participation with the police and prosecutors over the past 20+ years, they've failed to stop people from driving while intoxicated.

Similar to what Obama said about US's relationship with Cuba, perhaps it's time to try something different.

Anonymous said...

the reason Texas leads the league in DWI deaths is because of alcohol - not the law. if you don't drink and drive this crap don't happen.
if you outlaw alcohol - only the outlaws will have alcohol....and you will have to pull that fifth of Jack from my cold dead hands.

Anonymous said...

Tarrant does not require interlock on a Class B DWI 1st offense as a condition of probation. Does Wise?

Anonymous said...

Per capita, where do we stand? I'm sure it's still high!

Anonymous said...

This is one of the few issues where I agree with Barry.

Anonymous said...

Not to mention the financial ties between MADD and the interlock suppliers. Talk about your conflict of interest!

Anonymous said...

That's why I joined DAMM, Drunks Against Madd Mothers.

Anonymous said...

Wisconsin you can drink and drive, get arrested, then drink and drive, get arrested. Our approach is practice makes perfect. The state of Brewers has by far the worst drunk driving laws, wonder where we compare to Texas. HOWEVER, you people drive 80 miles an hour, that might be the difference.

Anonymous said...

Lets look at your list counselor:
90 suspension - doesn't prevent DWI deaths
180 suspension - doesn't prevent DWI deaths
Cops getting legal search warrants (which is after the fact) - doesn't prevent DWI deaths
$3000 admin fee (after the fact) - doesn't prevent DWI deaths
Ignition interlock - doesn't prevent DWI deaths (anyone can blow into it)
$2000 fine - doesn't prevent DWI deaths
180 days of jail time - doesn't prevent DWI deaths.

So to answer you ridiculous question...no, our laws aren't tough enough. None of the above, with possible the exception of the ignition interlock, attempts to actually PREVENT DWI deaths.

Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

Don't drink & drive is easy to spew by the high and mighty, but you really want to stop DWI? Put an interlock on EVERY vehicle. Find it tampered with, automatic 3 years in the pen. But then people would be crying you are violating their privacy and freedom.

You can't have it both ways.

DF Cold Hard Facts of Life

Anonymous said...

How DARE we even think about stopping the death of innocent people by the thousands in horrible, crushing, burning ways. We MUST rally against these IDIOTS that think it's a good idea to stop a drunk from driving in the first place, right? After all, isn't it better for emergency responders and families to actually have to watch children burn to death under a hit vehicle while screaming for their dead parents? Must be...according to some.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the rights of drunks to kill must be defended at all costs. America. Well, when one of you gets "the call" in the middle of the night, hope you do everything you can to help out the poor drunk that just wiped out your loved ones.

Anonymous said...

4:49, I think you're throwing the "high and mighty" label on the wrong group of people. The "high and mighty" are the ones who think the law doesn't apply to them. The "high and mighty" are the ones who think, "I can handle myself. I'm not drunk." The "high and mighty" are the ones who think they won't get caught.

Anonymous said...

Bravely drinking and driving drunk since 1971. Never been caught. Never killed anybody. Why don't we just outlaw cars and invest in public transportation?

Anonymous said...

NOPE STILL NOT TOUGH ENOUGH!!

Anonymous said...

Houston Tx, Once when I lived near there a drunk illegal drove into a family's yard killing their eight year son; only child. He got probation. The dad took a shotgun and killed him. Got ten years. That fair?

Anonymous said...

As a motorcyclist, I have much greater fear of those texting and driving than I do of people with an .08 BAC. To see MADD financials, go to guidestar.com and pull up their nonprofit 990 IRS Filings. It's free.

Anonymous said...

i bet just about everyone has had a little to much at one time and drove.get over yourselves