I received this letter in my mailbox today in response to my petition:
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY
April 15, 2010
Mr. Peter Guither
909 W. Market Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Dear Mr. Guither:
This letter is in response to the petition for correction that you emailed to the Office of the National Drug Control Policy on March 16, 2010. The sentence on the ONDCP website regarding the Department of Transportation study has been reworded to state “that 16 percent of nighttime weekend drivers tested positive for a licit or illicit drug.” This should fully address the specific point raised in your correspondence.
Pursuant to Section III of ONDCP’s information Quality Guidelines, you have a right to request reconsideration if you believe appropriate corrective action has not been taken. Such a request must be filed within 30 days of notification of ONDCP’s response to your original request.
Timothy J. Quinn
Chief of Staff
It may not be a huge victory in the overall scheme of things — the change of a few words in an archived document — but it shows that an ordinary individual can “petition the Government for a redress of grievances” and succeed. One person can make a difference.
You can make a difference.
Sure, I would have liked further promises not to misuse the spirit of the data from the NHTSA study, but we’re already seeing, possibly as a result of my petition, the ONDCP at least being more cautious about misusing the data.
And that’s going to make it harder to ram through an unsupported drugged driving agenda.
One little step toward holding our government responsible for telling the truth.