When Mothers Against Drunk Drivers started, I thought it was a hell of a great idea. At the time, drunk driving was practically at epidemic levels. MADD was one of the major factors behind drunk driving becoming not a laughingstock, but a serious social ill. In fact, I was so impressed that I joined SADD (Students Against Driving Drunk) in high school.
They succeeded at their job, too — quite possibly better than they could have expected. Nowadays, a good chunk of people think that drunk drivers ought to be publicly horsewhipped — and they are the moderates. MADD did a hell of a great job.
But the problem with groups like that is that after a while, they tend to develop their own momentum, and find themselves still looking for things to channel their energies to after they’ve made great strides towards their goals. It’s like public workers, always afraid of finishing (and therefore ending) the job. MADD started casting around for a new cause.
A while ago, MADD thought that focusing on the drinking part was a bit self-limiting. They thought they’d branch out into other safety issues. They started pushing hard for seat belt laws. But now they’ve gone too far.
MADD “volunteers” are apparently going along with the local police to DWI roadblocks.
And just what are they doing there with the police? Bringing them coffee and donuts? Lecturing the drivers? That’ll achieve a whole lot. If they’re not drunk, they don’t need the lecture and won’t appreciate the further delay. If they are drunk, they have bigger worries than getting lectured.
I suppose this was inevitable. When you get a bunch of mothers together, sooner or later they’re likely to want to mommy us all to death.