PUBLIC POLICIES ADOPTED IN FURTHERANCE OF MADD’S ANTI-ALCOHOL POLITICAL AGENDA MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE UNNECESSARY DEATHS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EACH YEAR
Since the early 1980’s North Carolina has been the centerpiece of MADD political activity on the east coast. During that time the North Carolina legislature embraced the MADD political agenda “whole hawg” and adopted a number of increasingly harsh DUI laws, including the confiscation of vehicles of repeat offenders and the lowering of the legal per se BAC level to .08%. In order to enforce the MADD inspired DUI laws that kept cranking through the North Carolina legislature, an ever increasing portion of that state’s law enforcement resources were deployed in the "crusade against drunk driving".
In 1997 the North Carolina State Patrol received a mandate from the state government to achieve a higher degree of efficiency in all aspects of it’s operations. In order to do so, the NCSP was forced to abandon the highly centralized, military styled, autocratic organization that it had maintained for many decades. (The same organizational system that predominates among North American law enforcement organizations). The NCSP replaced it’s old autocratic system with a modern “quality management” program which has revolutionized the manner in which the NCSP carries out it’s mission of serving and protecting the public.
Under the new system, NCSP officers are no longer required to see how many citations they can issue or how many citizens they can arrest during each shift. (MADD and NHTSA urge as many citations and arrests as possible). Officers are no longer reprimanded or suffer career threatening, negative evaluations because they have failed to produce an adequate number of prosecutions. Rather, the onus has been placed upon supervisors who are required to use the limited resources at their disposal as efficiently as possible to reduce motor vehicle collisions and save lives.
When NCSP supervisors began studying motor vehicle accident/fatality data with efficiency in mind, an unexpected thing happened. The data indicated that although impaired drivers late at night were a problem, the overwhelming number of motor vehicle accidents and injuries were occurring during the afternoon and evening hours rather than late at night. Sober drivers who were speeding and/or driving recklessly during the daytime and during the evening hours were found to present a much greater risk to the public safety than were “drunk drivers.” late at night. ( The overwhelming majority of traffic fatalities nationwide are caused by sober drivers who are speeding and/or driving recklessly). Consequently, resources that had previously been earmarked for attacking the problem of late night “drunk drivers” were re-deployed to the 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. shift. The result of this simple, rational change in the deployment of police resources is staggering. For example, on interstate highways in and around the city of Durham, the overall accident rate decreased by 30% in one year. In some rural areas of North Carolina the accident rate on interstate highways decreased as much as 50%. Statewide, from 1998 to 1999, there was an overall reduction in traffic fatalities of 8.5%.
What are some of the OBVIOUS implications of the North Carolina State Patrol experience?
- Prior to implementation of the NCSP quality management program, an inordinately large number of North Carolina citizens were being killed and wounded unnecessarily because law enforcement resources were being deployed elsewhere in order to satisfy the demands of MADD’s anti-alcohol political agenda.
- The 'drunk driving ' problem in North Carolina has been vastly and intentionally "overstated" by MADD to the detriment of the health and safety of the citizens of that state.
- Provides further validation of the results of a study published by the University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center in 1998, which found that the lowering of North Carolina’s legal per se BAC level to .08% had no discernable impact in reducing motor vehicle fatalities in that state as compared to the 28 other states that had not yet adopted the lower per se BAC standard. The only measurable impact of the .08% per se law in North Carolina is that thousands of unimpaired drivers in that state have been arrested and criminalized for a crime they did not commit!
- Provides further validation of a General Accounting Office review of NHTSA’s low BAC DUI policy which found that the "problem" of low BAC DUIs as a public safety issue was "overstated." The GAO review also found that the data used in support of the NHTSA policy was "questionable"
- When such drastic reductions in motor vehicle accidents can be achieved both in the city of Durham and in rural areas of North Carolina simply by utilizing a rational re-deployment of law enforcement resources, it is reasonable to assume that comparable results may be obtained anywhere in the United States where a similar approach may be utilized.
The net effect of MADD’s political agenda is that thousands of people are being killed and injured and property is being destroyed unnecessarily because police officers are not present when speeders and reckless drivers are killing people. The police aren’t present because too many times (as the North Carolina experience demonstrates) they are off somewhere else arresting unimpaired citizens for DUI or manning DUI checkpoints.
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