Establishments are liable for selling alcohol to a drunken individual or minors which cause death or harm to others with the Dram Shop Law. Child endangerment laws allow for penalizations of an intoxicated driver with a child passenger. Ignition interlocks allow an individual found guilty of driving while intoxicated to drive with this device for a period of time succeeding the conviction. Sobriety check points allow law enforcement officials to stop drivers and check for sobriety. Social host laws make it possible for adults to be held accountable for buying or giving alcohol to minors. Vehicular homicide provides punishment to drunk drivers who kill another person while driving intoxicated. Experiencing Problems During Policy Implementation According to the authors research MADD recognizes the issue of drunken driving, but MADD has now chosen to go after social drinkers and to abolish driving after drinking any quantity of alcohol beverages (Hanson, 2014). Mothers Against Drunk Driving attacks the dignity of drinkers who drink moderately, even when it is not linked with either underage drinking or driving drunk. Bringing to question MADD and a citizen’s constitutional rights, and seems that MADD uses its anger towards drunk drivers not only against alcohol and individuals who drink responsibly, but towards individuals who disagree with MADD’s agenda (Hanson,
B S H S / 3 5 5 | 5 SOCIAL POLICIES DESCISIONS-MADD 2014). MADD’s initial goal was a vital one—to decrease drunk driving and the fatalities and harm that it causes (Hanson, 2014). However, as its founder saw, the organization has become against alcohol not the abuse of alcohol or even drunk driving. MADD has also begun to focus on fund-raising in which the organization keeps 100 percent of all donations. All articles in some of Mothers Against Drunk Driving's MADD E- Newsletters issues are dedicated wholly to MADD's mission of raising funds (Hanson, 2014). Most of the MADD E-Newsletters have one or two articles not dedicated to petitioning money. Unfortunately, what began as a dedicated volunteer group of caring women has become a largely indifferent self-serving bureaucracy (Hanson, 2014).
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- Alcoholic beverage, Alcohol law, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Madd