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MADD’s statement in response to Ethan Couch, the “affluenza teen’s” release from jail

Two years in jail for four people killed is a grave injustice to the victims and their families who have been dealt life sentences because of one person’s devastating decision to drink and drive. The 720 days Ethan Couch served for his crimes shows that drunk driving homicides still aren’t treated as the violent crimes that they are. It’s small consolation that Ethan Couch will remain on probation, along with other court-imposed restrictions such as using an ignition interlock on his vehicle, but rest assured MADD will continue to monitor this case to honor the victims of this tragedy and their families. We will be watching, because this case brought to light that there is so much more work to be done to hold drunk drivers accountable. Drunk driving senselessly claims more than 10,000 lives every year and remains the leading killer on our roads. We ask the public to continue standing beside us as we speak out against these injustices and push our legislators to pass stronger laws, and enforce existing laws, that will help eliminate this violent, 100 percent preventable crime.


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