Even those who fight for tougher laws against drunk driving sometimes make the mistake of driving drunk, themselves.
The president of the Prince Edward Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), has resigned after being charged with driving under the influence this past June.
David Griffin, 65, is a former deputy chief of the Summerside Police Department and the, now former, volunteer president of the MADD chapter.
The CEO of MADD Canada, Andrew Murie, said Griffin offered his resignation soon after he was charged with drunk driving. Murie said they had no choice but to accept his resignation.
"Obviously, we’re very disappointed, as an organization, that one of our members has been charged with impaired driving," Murie told CTV News from Oakville, Ontario.
Murie added that Griffin apologized to the MADD chapter before resigning.
Griffin is scheduled to appear in court at the end of the month.
Unfortunately for Griffin, Canada considers driving under the influence a much more serious offense than California does, so much so in fact, that they consider it an “indictable offense.” This is the functional equivalent to a felony under California law. Unlike California, where a DUI is, for the most part, considered a misdemeanor for a first, second and third offense and punishable up to a year in jail, a DUI in Canada is punishable up to five years in jail.
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