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MADD: Why We Do What We Do

Xavier Perez, 21, was headed for great things when his life was cut short on June 26, 2010.

Xavier Perez, 21, was headed for great things when his life was cut short on June 26, 2010. When his friends were in need, Xavier was always there to lend a helping hand. He had been home for the evening and in bed when his friends called asking for a ride home because they were intoxicated. Xavier could not ignore their plea for help and set out in the wee hours of June 26th to pick them up. They were on Interstate 91, when a friend of Xavier’s became ill in the car, so he pulled over in the HOV lane so his friend could get out of the car.

As Xavier and his friends were outside of the car, another driver, Mr. Doughty, was heading down the highway. A witness recalled to the police that he was next to a car that seemed to be traveling at the same speed as him and within the lane lines, when he saw Xavier’s car ahead.  He then witnessed Mr. Doughty’s car begin to travel into the next lane and thought that perhaps he knew the occupants of the broken down car and was going to help them. 

Unfortunately Mr. Doughty never applied the brakes as he veered into Xavier’s car, pinning Xavier in between the two cars and ultimately causing his death. Xavier’s family attended every court date and actively talked with the prosecutor to ensure that Mr. Doughty was given a harsh punishment for the crime he had
committed. 

On January 26, 2012, Mr. Doughty was sentenced to 3 years execution suspended and 3 years probation for the charge of Misconduct with a Motor Vehicle. Mr. Doughty received no jail time but a long list of conditions to follow. Xavier’s family was shocked and angry that the Judge would sentence a man who had killed their son to no jail time, but accepted it and hoped he would turn his life around and follow all of the conditions set by the court.  However, on the evening of March 17, 2012, Mr. Doughty was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

He also failed to comply with one condition of his probation that would have prevented him from driving that night, the installation of an ignition interlock device. Xavier’s family is actively seeking harsh punishment for the new crime Mr. Doughty committed citing that he was given a chance once.

MADD advocates have helped the Perez family since 2010 providing them with support and guidance. 

(Editor's Note: The headquarters for the Connecticut Chapter of MADD is at 317 Foxon Road in East Haven.)

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Jennifer Rossi April 25, 2012 at 09:01 PM
No, Aaron, we do not address the problem of addiction. One of our main missions of MADD is to support the victims of this violent crime which we do everyday. We do offer a program called the Victim Impact Panel for those participating in the Alcohol Education Program. This class has an educational part to it but mainly focuses on the impact that the crime of drunk driving has on families. Unfortuantely we are not trained in addiction services and leave that education to the professionals in the field.
Jennifer Rossi April 25, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Being a drunk driving organization, we do not have a position on cigarette smoking. Also we do not deal with the liquor industry as our mission is to stop the crime of drunk driving, not to stop those from drinking. And yes you are right, thousands of kids are killed yearly from alcohol related incidents and that is why we have many youth programs to prevent underage drinking and promote the sale of alcohol to those over the legal drinking age of 21.
EddieGin April 27, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Thanks for the comment Jennifer, however, my main point was how in the *Hail does the liquor industry have so much pull. We as a society are bombarded with Alcohol commercials daily, and if you watch any kind of sporting events, well YOU know. Like I stated on NASCAR, their main advertisers are ALCOHOL, I been to these races, and ALL YOU SEE IS DRINKING, from the BUDWEISER GIRLS TO EVERY OTHER MORONIC LIQUOR PICKUP AD. It's sick. One time for fun I put a cigarette in my mouth(note: I never smoke or condone it OK) within three mins, I have four people tell me I couldn't smoke, especially with their kids in the area, where was my manners. PUKE
George E. Mulligan April 27, 2012 at 06:36 AM
EDDIE: PULL = MONEY PREYING on DEPENDANCIES has always been profitable. A friend kicked heroin cold turkey. He can;t kick cigarettes. It's addicting. Justice Department statistics a decade ago showed 95 % of those in jails and prison had substance abuse problems. Then it cost $ 60,000 annually to keep a person in jail and $ 10,000 to $ 12,000 a year to educate a child. In humane (temporal equity) and bad economics. Drug pushers get arrested, are able to post bond, hire defense lawyers, and need to sell more drugs to pay for it all. DUI and Alcohol related crimes and sales are good business, same as Drugs. ATF & E and the DEA are both part of the U.S. Treasury Department, same as the Secret Service. People die and are maimed due to MADD ISSUES. People die and are maimed due to DRUG ISSUES. People die and are maimed due to WAR ISSUES. There are direct and indirect profits made by some, at others' expense. Many of the casualties are innocent and unwitting parties. DEPENDANCIES bring a different connotation to being thy brother's keeper.
Jennifer Rossi April 27, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I'm sorry i misunderstood your point Eddie. You are correct in saying that there is alot of advertising and because of the money they attain each year, that is how they choose to promote themselves (I believe). MADD has never been involved with any of the alcohol companies nor will we ever be.

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