MADD Statement on charges for Paul Pelosi:

“Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is grateful that no one was killed in the alleged drunk driving crash involving Paul Pelosi. MADD is appalled every time someone makes the wrong and extremely dangerous choice to drive impaired. It is a crime and it is 100% preventable. Every person who makes that choice must be held accountable – no exceptions and no excuses. Mr. Pelosi is uniquely positioned to help educate the public about the dangers of driving impaired and to address the drunk driving crisis on our nation’s roads. Drunk driving killed more than 12,000 people in 2021 – the most since 2007 – and injures more than 300,000 people every year. MADD is committed to serving the victims of this crime and working to end substance-impaired driving by supporting fair and equitable law enforcement and the implementation of a new law that requires drunk driving prevention technology on every new vehicle. We all have a responsibility to be a part of the solution by making the right choice to never drink and drive.”

– MADD National President Alex Otte

Every drunk driving case deserves outrage but rarely receives it. There is never ever an excuse for anyone to drive while impaired. It is a crime. Anyone convicted of driving under the influence should be held fully accountable. No excuses and no exceptions. MADD does not issue preemptive statements regarding drunk driving arrests involving private citizens or family members of high-profile people, provided the incident has not resulted in an injury or death. With regard to Mr. Pelosi’s arrest, or locally in Hawaii – Matt LoPresti, we are monitoring the investigation and await the outcome to determine the next steps.

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