Cecille Richards Slams MADD For Irresponsible Safety Policy
Cecille Richards, who retired as President of Planned Parenthood earlier this year is making a play for the leadership of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) by presenting a plan to decrease the number of fatalities that come about as the result of driving while drunk.
“For too long MADD has been working off of wrong assumptions. Basically they have been promoting an ‘abstinence only’ policy in regards to driving while drunk,” states Richards. “That is a failed policy because not everyone is going to practice it. Statistics show that people are going to drink and drive. That’s the reality. So my team is developing a ‘Safe Drunk Driving” policy that we would like to roll out. This is similar to the ‘Safe Sex’ policy we promoted at Planned Parenthood to combat pre-marital sex.”
Studies actually show that when a drunk person does not drive a vehicle, they are never responsible for injury or death while driving under the influence. In other words, drunk driving abstinence is 100% effective when applied. Richards is quick to point out that this is a misleading statistic. “We know for a fact that not everyone will refrain from driving while drunk. If someone does not want to drink and drive, that is fine. But those who do want to drive while drunk need safe options. We are developing an attachment that a driver can add to his car’s accelerator. This attachment would prevent them from driving really fast.”
The current President of MADD, Donna Ratliff is not a believer. At a recent panel discussion on the topic, the following exchange took place.
Ratliff: “The idea that we can promote ‘Safe Drunk Driving’ is ludicrous. Expecting someone who is drunk to install an attachment to the accelerator is not going to be 100% effective, even if it is applied correctly... which it won't be if they are so drunk that they shouldn't drive. Besides, there are other factors involved that could cause the attachment to fail. Refraining from driving while drunk is 100% effective.”
Richards: “But only if the person who is under the influence does not get behind the wheel.”
Ratliff: “Right. That is how every policy works. The only time a drunk driver kills another motorist is when they drive.”
Richards: “But they are going to drive. You have to give them safe options. You can’t be upset about drunk driving deaths if you only tell people that they should abstain from driving if they are drunk.”
Ratliff: “So let me get this straight… you think it is irresponsible to only teach people how to avoid drunk driving accidents 100% of the time, because they will not heed the policy, but you want to promote “Safe Drunk Driving” policies that will undoubtedly result in continued injury and death, because you think people will actually participate?
At this point Ms. Ratliff stood up, thanked the audience and panelists, and walked off as she shook her head.