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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is disheartened to learn of Michael Phelps’ second arrest for DUI.
It was our hope that Mr. Phelps, after his previous conviction in 2004, would have learned the significance of his poor, unsafe decision to drink and drive. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving calls for all drivers convicted of DUI to get an alcohol ignition interlock. Although Maryland needs to strengthen its DUI laws, current law says that all repeat and high BAC drivers must get an approved interlock device. MADD hopes that should Mr. Phelps be convicted, this law would be enforced. A first instance of drunk driving is unacceptable, let alone repeat occurrences.
While we are glad no one was injured, it goes without saying that drinking and driving is a choice and a 100 percent preventable crime. Mr. Phelps should have planned ahead and chosen a non-drinking designated driver to get home last night.
MADD has freely served more than 300,000 victims and survivors impacted by drunk driving. We’re here to support them as well as educate the public about making smart and safe decisions if their plans include alcohol and keep our roads safe.
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