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Towknie
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This legend has recently popped up on local message boards as a result of the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission has decided to end its campaign arresting people for being drunk in a bar.

In the threads about this, I keep seeing people talk about the president of MADD being arresting for drinking and driving a couple years ago. I remember hearing about this, but have bee unable to google any results on it.

Does anyone know if such a thing really happened?

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The story has been around for more than a couple of years - I remember hearing it at least 15 years ago - but I have no idea whether or not it's true.

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lynnejanet
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The legend has popped up as a result of the Commissions decision?

Or the decision was made because the legend has popped up?

Either way, why do you think that there is a relationship between the two?

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Towknie
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Originally posted by lynnejanet:
The legend has popped up as a result of the Commissions decision?

Or the decision was made because the legend has popped up?

Either way, why do you think that there is a relationship between the two?

The legend reemerged as a result of message board threads discussing the decision. Typically, there were posts like "Those MADD people are at it again!" which would lead to somebody bringing up this legend.

That is how the two are related.

ETA -- regardless of how they're related, I'm really curious as to whether there's any validity to the legend.

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Malruhn
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From what I recall of the "arrest" - from a VERY foggy remembery is as follows:

The FOUNDER and President of MADD was followed home by a cop, and after she had STOPPED in her driveway, she was approached and given a field sobriety test... a subsequent breathalyzer came up with alcohol... The MADD supporter I heard this from was horribly offended that the cop had the balls to arrest her for DUI, as when he approached, she WASN'T DRIVING... she was parked.

Personally, I think it is all just ULish and wishful thinking by irony inspired drinkers with overactive imaginations, or with all the MADD chapters around, it is only inevitable that SOME day a chapter president is arrested for something and it all gets twisted around to the national organization president is drunk behind the wheel...

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There is *a* founder of a chapter in Florida who was arrested in 2003 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after she pulled a gun on a guy outside a bar. (source)

In 1999, a person previously convicted four times for DUI hit the-then MADD director's car. (source)

Perhaps the two stories have been merged into one urban legend.

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The founder of MADD is Candy Lightner. She founded the organization in the early 80's but was forced out several years later when others in MADD got into trying to remove alcohol from society rather than getting drunk drivers off the road.

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