A.A./MADD Involvement with DUI Laws
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) may be noted as 2 of the more notable organizations involved, albeit indirectly, with the administration and enforcement of DUI laws in the general legal context of the United States. As such, it might be further noted that Alcoholics Anonymous and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are involved with different aspects of the process through which DUI laws are drawn up and applied to the jurisdiction of the U.S. in preventing occurrences of impaired motor vehicle operation under the influence of alcohol.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has, specifically, played an important part in having DUI laws implemented more forcefully in order to prevent the occurrence of fatalities and injuries as a result of alcohol consumption. Alcoholics Anonymous, on the other hand, may be enlisted for assistance when a person is arrested on drunk driving charges, as can be directed toward preventing recurrences of such incidents.
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is the older of these 2 organizations, having first been founded in 1935. Alcoholics Anonymous was created, by Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson, toward the end of offering assistance and fellowship to people who are being adversely affected by behavior patterns of alcohol abuse. One of the primary distinguishing aspects of Alcoholics Anonymous is its program, referred to as the Twelve Steps, the process through which the organization aims at assisting individuals in achieving the end of becoming recovering alcoholics.
Another essential component of Alcoholics Anonymous is its policy of non-adherence to specific religious doctrines and political causes, toward the end of encouraging increased numbers in membership and making for a more welcoming environment. Alcoholics Anonymous offers treatment in the form of groups which alcoholics may join, possibly with some support offered by their family or loved ones, in order to gain guidance from the experience of others.
Involvement of DUI laws in A.A.
Alcoholics Anonymous can be involved in the process of administering DUI laws in the form of mandatory enrollment in the organization, and completion of the program which it offers, as may be compelled for DUI offenders by sentencing court authorities. DUI offenders can accordingly avoid more serious penalties, such as in the form of onerous fines or extended periods of imprisonment in jail, or recover privileges lost as a result of prosecution.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
As a non-profit organization, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) specializes in advocacy for more strongly implemented and enforced laws toward the prevention of alcohol consumption in conjunction with the operation of motor vehicles. MADD was first created in 1980, and has been credited with some part in various legal measures such as raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21. The organization was founded by the mother of a teenager girl who was the victim of a drunk driving accident. DUI laws have thus been strengthened by Mothers Against Drunk Driving efforts.