A week after a report suggesting that drug-impaired driving is moving to the fore of concerns in traffic safety, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) jumped in Monday to express concern that the report could lead the public to believe the country has turned the corner on drunk driving. There is still much work to do, MADD officials said.
â€œThere is no way you can say drugs have overtaken alcohol as the biggest killer on the highway,â€ J.T. Griffin, chief government affairs officer at MADD, said Monday. â€œThe data is not anywhere close to being in a way that would suggest that â€¦ Weâ€™re doing a lot of good things on drunk driving, but the public needs to understand this problem is not solved.â€
MADD officials also questioned the methodology of the research in the report, noting that there is no scientifically agreed level of impairment with drugs such as marijuana. There is also no uniform test, roadside or otherwise, to determine such a level. […]
To some, the report smacked of an attempt by the makers and purveyors of booze to shift the conversation. Thatâ€™s because the GHSA report was also underwritten by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, whose members include makers of alcoholic beverages such as Bacardi USA; Brown-Forman, which produces Jack Danielâ€™s whiskey; and Constellation Brands, whose labels include Corona beer.
â€œI donâ€™t know what their motives are,â€ Griffin said. â€œBut I do know this: I know alcohol is a drug, and thatâ€™s something a lot of people donâ€™t like to talk about, but it is. It impairs the mind. And I know alcohol causes many more deaths than drugs do. We can talk about an increase in drug-impaired driving. But it is not accurate in any way to say drugs have overtaken alcohol in terms of deaths on our highways.â€
The days of just uncritically parroting this mindless drug war nonsense may actually be nearing an end.