There are few places on the North American continent further away from Seattle than Prince County, Prince Edward Island. The eastern Canadian province is about 3,600 miles away from King County, Washington - which is a greater distance than from Seattle to Nome, Alaska or the southern tip of Mexico.
It is this sleepy county that a chapter president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving has resigned from his post - because he was arrested on charges of impaired driving. David Griffin - who isn't a "mother," but who still headed up the local MADD chapter - was arrested on 5 June and immediately notified the national organization. Then the 65-year old stepped down from the volunteer position.
MADD activities aside, Griffin still should have known better, given that he served on the Summerside Police Services in the county for 45 years and rose to the rank of deputy chief. He has a court date on the 26th of this month.
Interestingly, the legal limit for DUI in Prince Edward Island is .05, which is significantly stricter than the .08 standard in Washington and across most of the U.S. Anyone who is charged with impaired driving in the province automatically is banned from driving for 90 days.
The irony is thick, and it's not just because MADD discourages drunk driving. It's because the organization actively lobbies governments across Canada and the U.S. to adopt stricter impaired driving laws and proffer the idea that even responsible social drinking is inappropriate for a driver.
Canada's national MADD CEO, Andrew Murie, says he cannot recall any member of MADD in the country being charged with impaired driving.