It's a MADD, MADD World | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

It's a MADD, MADD World

The former acrivist president of a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) chapter in Florida is arrested and charged with DUI.

Image: 

Get M.A.D.D.
Photo via gwcooperracing

By Donel DeFreese

04/10/11

| Share

Getting arrested for drunk driving is bound to be a mortifying experience for anyone, but it’s particularly mortifying when the drunk driver in question is a prominent activist against drunk driving. Not long ago, 48-year-old Debra Oberlin, the former president of a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) chapter in Gainesville, FL, was charged with DUI by the Gainesville Police Department after an officer stopped her one afternoon for her erratic driving. The Gainesville Sun reports that Oberlin was arrested after failing to complete a field sobriety test. Breathalyzer tests recorded Oberlin's blood alcohol level as high as .239--nearly three times the state's legal limit of .08. But while Oberlin insisted she had only put down four measly beers, the arresting officer’s report notes that the well-groomed matron smelled of alcohol and had watery, bloodshot, and dilated eyes. Gainesville's MADD chapter existed for several years in the 1990s before closing in 1996 due to a lack of financial support. Oberlin served as the chapter's president for three years, agitating in favor of more severe penalties for drunken driving arrests. MADD issued a terse statement on the incident: "While MADD is concerned to hear about this incident, we commend law enforcement for their efforts to keep our roads safe and are hopeful that no one was hurt as a result." According to the legal site FindLaw Blotter, Mothers Against Drunk Driving "was originally formed by Candice Lightner, who later left the organization. In 2002 she said that MADD 'has become far more neo-prohibitionist than I had ever wanted or envisioned ... I didn't start MADD to deal with alcohol. I started MADD to deal with the issue of drunk driving.'"

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu
 
 
 
 

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery
 
 
 
 

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center
 
 
 
 

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 

Reflections
 
 
 
 

This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea
 
 
 
 

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu
 
 
 
 

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab
 
 
 
 
 

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv