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Boca Raton Fundraiser Rubs MADD the Wrong Way

Fort Lauderdale DUI Lawyer William Moore believes that the roads are safer for everyone when drivers practice safe drinking habits. For example, if you and your friends are going out for a night on the town, you should all agree on a designated driver who will remain sober for the evening. Alternatively, taking a taxi is always a better option than driving after you have had too much alcohol, because you risk a DUI arrest. A good Fort Lauderdale DUI defense attorney will advise you to be cautious, due to the serious criminal nature of even a first-time DUI and the risk of causing injury to yourself or others.

Local organizations like the Florida chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Dori Slosberg Foundation have campaigned against drinking and driving. MADD originally started in the 1980s; the daughter of the organization’s founder was killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. Likewise, the Dori Slosberg Foundation was started in 2005 by a former state representative from south Florida whose daughter and four of her friends were killed in 1996 in a DUI crash. Both organizations promote safe drinking habits and frequently operate in tandem, as the two groups have very similar agendas. This week, however, the two are in conflict leading up to a fundraising event this evening.

Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney William Moore has learned that the Dori Slosberg Foundation plans to host a fundraiser in Boca Raton at the Blue Martini Lounge, a local bar. The bar agreed to host the function because, according to the special events manager of the establishment, “We give back. Yes, we are a drinking establishment, but we are just as involved in the community as any other type of business. It’s a venue for them to meet, and it’s a social event, and they are collecting donations.” Tickets are $20 and include one drink with the admission price, as well as appetizers and participation in a raffle for a vacation, beauty salon services, and other prizes. The fundraiser will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. tonight and the Slosberg Foundation expects between 50 and 75 people to attend the benefit.

The local MADD chapter has been hostile to the idea of a fundraiser at a bar. The executive director, Don Murray, said it would not hold such an event because to do so would be to “risk our brand.” Furthermore, he noted, “What a headline that would be if folks leave a MADD fundraiser and have DUI crash.” Even the Boca Raton police have commented on the issue, saying that the location of the fundraiser sends the wrong message. The Slosberg Foundation, however, believes it is an opportunity to connect with a different group of people and emphasize their safe drinking message.

Below is a video produced by the Dori Slosberg Foundation on the importance of wearing seatbelts:

Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney William Moore provides experienced legal representation for DUI defendants in south Florida. If you have been charged with a DUI, contact William Moore Criminal Defense, P.A., a Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer with offices in Fort Lauderdale-Dade, Broward, and Fort Lauderdale Counties.

This article should be used for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice nor as implied representation of any person.

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