David Griffin – president of the East Prince County, Canada chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – has resigned from his volunteer position after being charged with, wait for it…drunk driving!
In June, Griffin was stopped by a police officer and charged with two alcohol-related driving offenses and is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
The 65-year-old former deputy chief with Summerside Police Services notified MADD directly following the incident and resigned from his seat as president, according to the CEO of the organization Andrew Murie.
“We have protocols for volunteers, for staff, for anybody involved in the organization,” said Murie. “Any infractions involving any kind of driving offense, especially impaired driving, means you can no longer work or volunteer for the organization.”
MADD works extensively to end drunk driving which takes between 1,250 to 1,500 lives each year in Canada and is the cause for about 64,000 injuries annually.
Murie said in the nearly 20 years he has worked with MADD Canada he can’t recall any other incident in which someone involved with the organization was charged with impaired driving.
“When you figure the tens of thousands of people that have volunteered over the past 20 years for the organization, it shows that those high principles are followed,” Murie said.
Griffin’s offenses take “irony” to a whole new level. A former police officer who volunteers for a charitable organization dedicated to ending impaired driving goes and gets a DUI. That’s like a priest revealing to the church he’s an atheist.
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