I’m sure that in most of your experiences, if you have ever been arrested on a DUI or OWI, you’ve had to attend a Victim Impact Panel. If you haven’t, I pray you never have to. MADD or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, does not focus on the real issues. What started as a well intended group have changed into a damaging, unhelpful bureaucracy. I’m NOT saying it’s ok to drink and drive. But is it really worth ruining a persons life over? Now, my choices have gotten me here. I realize and accept that. But for fucks sake, when is enough, enough? I know guys that have had their licence taken away for years. YEARS. 15 years for one friend, 17 for another, and 5 years for another. Many people still view driving as a privilege, as does MADD (they will flat out tell you so), but it isn’t anymore. It is a necessity. I lost a good paying job not because of my drinking or arrest or recovery or any of that, but because I lost my licence for such a long period of time (over a year now). I haven’t been able to find a decent job since because either no one will hire me because of no license or they require one, even if you don’t drive for the job. Never once did I cause an accident, drive recklessly, any of that shit but everyone repeats the “but you could have”. So I’m being punished for what “could have” happened, and not based on what did happen. Got it. And MADD will inly preach and support abstinence, which doesn’t work, nor will the aid or sponsor any sort of recovery program or AA or NA. Its just “alcohol is evil and so are you for drinking it”. I needed to vent because I’m seriously frustrated with all the hoops I’m having to go to to get somthing back that I pay taxes on to help maintain. Privilege my ass.