Kicking off their annual holiday crackdown on drunk driving, local law enforcement and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) held an event which was highlighted by MADD’s release of its Report to the Nation. MADD gave Ohio three out of five stars for its efforts in DUI enforcement. Ohio’s three stars recognized statewide use of sobriety checkpoints, automatic driver’s license revocation, and enhanced penalties for child endangering while driving under the influence.
The two measures MADD said Ohio should implement statewide are ignition interlock systems — Breathalyzers that are connected to a vehicle’s ignition — for all first-time offenders and no-refusal checkpoints during which blood tests can be immediately court-ordered for anyone who refuses a breath test. MADD is also lobbying for an in-vehicle technology called DADDS that will search every driver in every car to detect a driver’s blood-alcohol content and prevent anyone who is over the legal limit of .08 from starting the car. In 2008, at MADD’s urging, the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety entered into a $10 million agreement with the federal government to develop such a technology.
This blog has long argued that checkpoints are un-American and an affront to traditional American ideals. Checkpoints are expensive, intrusive and ineffective as compared with saturation patrols which rely upon probable cause to support a traffic stop. We oppose no-refusal weekends as barbaric, disproportionate and unconstitutional. Giving police the power to force blood from your body is the worst form of oppression by our government. We oppose the DADDS “search ‘em all” systems and the idea of giving interlock ignition companies a boatload of money for every driver who finds themselves accused of a DUI offense. If innocent until proven guilty means anything, it means that you cannot be punished prior to a conviction. MADD does not stand for this all-American principle. Stand with us by not electing politicians who side with un-American activities. We don’t support the decision to drive drunk. We know that every injury and death caused by the preventable crime of drunk driving should be punished. BUT, we cling to the ideals as set forth in our Constitution and think that no crime, no matter how politically unpopular, is so heinous as to circumvent the rights of the people.
DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia, Xenia, Miamisburg, Springboro, Huber Heights, Oakwood, Beavercreek, Centerville and throughout Ohio. He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671. For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500. Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter @DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube. You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.
- DADSS Will Search You Every Time You Get In Your Car (daytondui.com)
- DUI Checkpoints: Are They Justified (Still)? (daytondui.com)
- MADD vs. Rick Berman’s American Beverage Institute: Who’s right about drunk driving? (slate.com)
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