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March 16, 2011
I never liked House Speaker Michael E. Busch, and I like him even less now. I have always considered Mr. Busch an arrogant sycophant, and he proved it when his staff called Mothers Against Drunk Driving "a bunch of naive do-gooders who just didn't understand how things worked in Annapolis" ("MADD plays by its own rules in Annapolis," March 14). Most Maryland citizens, including those who support MADD, know only too well how things work in Annapolis. We know that the liquor lobby controls many politicians, particularly the big drinkers, and embraces them and their campaigns with generous contributions at election time.
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May 20, 2014
Last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law legislation requiring that adults caught and convicted of drunk driving while transporting a child younger than age 16 be required to install an ignition interlock system - a device that won't let them start their cars unless they pass a breath test. The bill received modest attention when it passed on the final day of the legislative session, and deservedly so. There's nothing wrong with the law, of course. At least not in a state where police ticketed nearly 400 individuals during the last fiscal year for either Driving While Impaired (DWI)
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2011
MADD can be maddening. In a legislative fight, advocates from Mothers against Drunk Driving don't always play by Annapolis rules. This has been a source of immense frustration to the Democratic leadership of the House of Delegates. While the Senate threw off the influence of the liquor industry last year and voted overwhelmingly for a tough, MADD-backed bill requiring the installation of ignition interlock devices on the vehicles of all convicted drunken drivers, House leaders balked and the bill died.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
Shirley W. Johnson, whose personal tragedy of losing her son to a drunken driver resulted in her becoming a major voice in the Maryland chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, died March 9 of complications from a stroke at Glen Meadows retirement community in Glen Arm. She was 91. "Shirley was a founding mother in Maryland of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She was a highly personable and respected leader," said Keith S. Franz, who has been active in MADD for more than 30 years.
FEATURES
April 26, 2010
There is a reason that tough drunk-driving legislation has a difficult time passing in Annapolis – that is, besides House Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph F. Vallario Jr. The problem is that the people pushing for such bills are too nice, too squeaky-clean, too public-spirited. They're do-gooders. They're not in it for the bucks. And that makes some legislators uncomfortable. Sleazy, self-interested industries they can deal with. Ethically challenged lobbyists-for-hire – even those with felony convictions on the resume – are welcome in all the best back rooms.
NEWS
February 1, 1991
The Nothern Maryland Chapter of MADD will hold a general meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in Towson United Methodist Church, at the Baltimore Beltway and Dulaney Valley Road. Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden is the guest speaker. For information, call 321-6233.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
Shirley W. Johnson, whose personal tragedy of losing her son to a drunken driver resulted in her becoming a major voice in the Maryland chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, died March 9 of complications from a stroke at Glen Meadows retirement community in Glen Arm. She was 91. "Shirley was a founding mother in Maryland of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She was a highly personable and respected leader," said Keith S. Franz, who has been active in MADD for more than 30 years.
NEWS
By Staff report | November 7, 1990
WESTMINSTER - A group starting a Carroll chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving needs volunteers for the red-ribbon campaign and to help with future projects.The group will begin meeting at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in Room 101 in the Church of the Open Door on Route 140.The next meeting will be Dec. 6.Last week's meeting was the second for the group. Carroll County is still part of the Northern Chapter of MADD, which is based in Towson and includes Harford, Cecil and Baltimore counties and Baltimore.
NEWS
May 26, 1991
From: Mary MacKnightCoordinator, MADD of Harford CountyTo: Judge Stephen M. WaldronHarford County Circuit CourtMothers Against Drunk Driving of Harford County salutes you for your outstanding judgment recently in the sentencing of a 19-year-old man for the death of a 17-year-old girl last July.Although the young man was only 18 at the time of the crash, he was responsible for the death of this girl, as a result of drinking and driving.I am sure that the young man or his family did not expect that he would receivea five-year jail sentence, with three years suspended, nor did they expect all the other conditions relating to his (sentence, such as)
NEWS
September 22, 1991
From: Linda A. CollinsTreasurer, MADDWestminsterThe Carroll County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving was chartered in April of this year.Since our charter, the chapter has given $500 to the local high schools for their substance-free after-prom parties, (served as) host to six informational booths across the county, established a Victims Impact Panel that will begin operation in October, established a toll-free telephone number -- (800) 427-8484 -- for victims within the state of Maryland and begun the first victim's quilt to remember the people who have been maimed or killed by drunken drivers within the state.
NEWS
November 3, 2013
Regarding the Doug Gansler-beach party scandal, the 500-pound gorilla in the room that no one wants to talk about is the whole idea that graduating seniors should go to places like Ocean City for a week of "celebrating" ( "Gansler says he made 'a mistake,'" Oct. 24) I'm not sure why MADD or SADD or any other rational group has not taken up the cause to eliminate or curtail this event. Surely the rental people love it (especially the ones I've heard who are quick to evict and keep the money)
NEWS
By Susan Yum | October 22, 2013
After following the coverage of Maryland's new cell phone law that went into affect this month and the upcoming trial of Elizabeth Meyers, a woman facing charges stemming from her alleged texting when her car struck and killed a man in Anne Arundel County, I am reminded of the struggles by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in the 1980s. Prior to advocacy work by MADD, drinking and driving was just how people got home, and it was considered normal behavior. Liquor lobbies didn't even want the public to know that drunk driving was the leading cause of death for teenagers.
NEWS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
Even moderate drinking before driving could become illegal if a federal safety panel's recommendation Tuesday is enacted eventually by the states. The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that states cut their thresholds for drunken driving by more than a third — from a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent to .05 percent — to reduce highway fatalities. A 180-pound man would reach 0.05 BAC by consuming three beers in one hour, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation online calculator.
NEWS
April 17, 2011
It might not look that way now, but MADD and its allies won a battle in the war against drunken driving during the General Assembly session that ended a week ago. The bill that passed in Annapolis will increase the number of drunken drivers who are compelled to go on an ignition interlock program, where they must mount a device in their vehicles that won't let them start the engine unless their breath is free of any significant amount of alcohol....
NEWS
March 16, 2011
I never liked House Speaker Michael E. Busch, and I like him even less now. I have always considered Mr. Busch an arrogant sycophant, and he proved it when his staff called Mothers Against Drunk Driving "a bunch of naive do-gooders who just didn't understand how things worked in Annapolis" ("MADD plays by its own rules in Annapolis," March 14). Most Maryland citizens, including those who support MADD, know only too well how things work in Annapolis. We know that the liquor lobby controls many politicians, particularly the big drinkers, and embraces them and their campaigns with generous contributions at election time.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2011
MADD can be maddening. In a legislative fight, advocates from Mothers against Drunk Driving don't always play by Annapolis rules. This has been a source of immense frustration to the Democratic leadership of the House of Delegates. While the Senate threw off the influence of the liquor industry last year and voted overwhelmingly for a tough, MADD-backed bill requiring the installation of ignition interlock devices on the vehicles of all convicted drunken drivers, House leaders balked and the bill died.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | September 4, 1994
The new president of the Carroll County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a husband, father and a victim of adrunken driver.Roger L. Schultz, 61, took office July 1."You don't have to be a mother or even female," said outgoing President Shirley Hampt, who helped found the chapter and was its leader for 3 1/2 years.All that is required is a willingness to "help stop the crime of drunk driving and offer support to its victims," she said.Mr. Schultz, who lost part of his left leg when a drunken driver crashed into his car two years ago, has both the willingness and the determination.
NEWS
By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,Special to The Sun | August 14, 1994
From the driver's seat of the colorful M-Car racer, this is one hot set of wheels.The one-third scale model of a NASCAR vehicle is 38 1/4 inches wide, 88 inches long and 25 inches high. It looks like a Matchbox car with a 3.5-horsepower lawn mower engine and plastic stock car body.But, for the helmeted driver gripping the hand controls between the overhead roll bar and the road 3 inches below, it's all speed and exhilaration. The small car can zip around a road course at 40 mph."This is a toy for grown-ups only," said Kim Schaffel, of the Harford County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
NEWS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2010
Police wanted criminal charges filed against a woman who they believed supplied alcohol to underage drinkers at her Ellicott City home the night last year that 17-year-old Steven Dankos was killed in a drunken-driving accident, according to prosecutors. A Howard County District Court commissioner refused, and Linda Stapf was given a citation instead. That procedural dispute led to prosecutors' agreeing Wednesday in Howard County District Court to Judge Mary C. Reese's putting Stapf's case on the inactive docket, where it will stay as long as Stapf attends a victim impact panel hosted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
FEATURES
April 26, 2010
There is a reason that tough drunk-driving legislation has a difficult time passing in Annapolis – that is, besides House Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph F. Vallario Jr. The problem is that the people pushing for such bills are too nice, too squeaky-clean, too public-spirited. They're do-gooders. They're not in it for the bucks. And that makes some legislators uncomfortable. Sleazy, self-interested industries they can deal with. Ethically challenged lobbyists-for-hire – even those with felony convictions on the resume – are welcome in all the best back rooms.
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