Former MADD President in Florida Arrested for DUI

In one of the more awkward mug shots, Devra Oberlin, 48, has been arrested for DUI. Nothing strange there. Thousands are arrested under such charges every year. However, Oberlin is the former president of the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Oberlin, a Realtor, registered a .234 and .239 on breath alcohol tests. Florida’s legal limit for driving is .08. She headed the local chapter of MADD until it was closed due to lack of funds.

Source: Gainesville found on Reddit.

21 thoughts on “Former MADD President in Florida Arrested for DUI

  1. Well, I be DAMM…… Dads Against Mad Mothers….. Didn’t the original founder got to work for the liquor industry as a Lobbyist….

  2. Another situation of those who protest the loudest are the ones you have to watch.

    And MADD is an organization with, IMHO a very serious mission statement.

  3. Her real estate website encourages potential sellers to “Put my professional image, reputation, and business ethics to work for you.” Might want to tone that down just a bit given the latest news.

  4. It’s hard to generalize, but I am struck by how many folks join these civic organizations not to further any societal goal but just to “network” (I hate this word in this context) and make money. If your motivations are not solely disinterested generosity or civic mindedness, I think you should have to pledge not to use the charity as a medium to develop business or, at the very least, disclose your true intentions to the rest of the group. I’ve seen many (not all) folks join PTA’s, youth groups, and charities simply to advance their own or their children’s personal agenda. There is something quite ruthless to it all and something quite rotten too. Purity of spirit may be unattainable but it certainly should be encouraged.

  5. “It’s hard to generalize, but I am struck by how many folks join these civic organizations not to further any societal goal but just to “network””

    Mespo,

    I agree with everything you say in this comment. I too have had suspicions of many of these types of organizations. I doubt their motivations, effectiveness and the proliferation of bad laws that they usually advocate. Their efforts rather than dissuading the behavior they abhor is ineffective and just becomes ineffectual background noise, except when embraced by self-seeking politicos.
    Their attraction though is like advocating for motherhood and apple pie, who can be openly opposed to such?

  6. Mespo and Mike S.,
    I agree with most of what you say above, but I have seen some of the local MADD chapters around here do some good things. This lady does seem to one poor choice to run a MADD chapter. As you said Mespo, she may want to tone down her website a little! I am guessing that her mug shot has been networked around pretty well by now.

  7. rafflaw,

    I am not opposed to MADD. But when they use the single issue of Drunk Driving to determine the fitness of a judge to serve on the bench….. I take exception…… The bench has much more to deal with….. I agree that they are necessary….

  8. AY,
    I agree with you that one issue does not make a judge good or bad, but I have seen some pretty bad stuff go down because the judge didn’t want to be severe or because he/she were cognizant if the court watchers weren’t in the court at the time. One incident involves a former Chicago Bear who was in court for a DUI. Let’s just say the kid gloves were out in that instance.

  9. mespo727272

    “It’s hard to generalize, but I am struck by how many folks join these civic organizations not to further any societal goal but just to “network” (I hate this word in this context) and make money. If your motivations are not solely disinterested generosity or civic mindedness, I think you should have to pledge not to use the charity as a medium to develop business or, at the very least, disclose your true intentions to the rest of the group. I’ve seen many (not all) folks join PTA’s, youth groups, and charities simply to advance their own or their children’s personal agenda. There is something quite ruthless to it all and something quite rotten too. Purity of spirit may be unattainable but it certainly should be encouraged.”

    It’s pretty sad how political groups like PTA’s, charities, etc. have become. All in an effort to further one’s own agenda.

    I quit my daughter’s middle school PTA and didn’t bother with her high school PTA because it was made of three types of people – those who were there to promote themselves as being good parents (which in some cases was laughable), those who were there to network, and those who were there to promote how wonderful their children were (and were usually rotten little bastards).

  10. A few years ago, I read about a then “new gay bar”. The article said that they were planning ahead to make the neighborhood feel comfortable by among other things using a computer controlled bar system. I think the idea is that customers would get a ticket when they came in that they would have to present to buy alcohol and then a computer control system would measure and account for all booze and the customer would only be allowed two ounces.

    I don’t understand why these systems aren’t in general use.

    If I were going out, with or without another driver, I’d like the idea that somehow computer big brother would make sure no one had more than 2 ounces. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about whether I could drive or whether my husband could drive or whether our livers were rotting.

    Also, it should be mandatory to serve free water with booze.

  11. Stamford Liberal,

    PTA’s are hilarious … I stayed as far away from them as I could get … every single woman I knew who joined did so in order to promote/protect their child … no exceptions. The big thing was to get their child into the best teacher’s classroom. In high school they all joined the Booster Club in order to promote their child with the coaches.

    I told my children early on that I would not be promoting them by joining any school organization as it was their job to learn how to promote themselves. I would advise them but not do the job for them. They both excelled and were well prepared to deal with college professors and then employers.

    I did join the music department’s support group. Neither of my children were involved in music. I still belong, still contribute funds and still volunteer my time at the concession stand and other fund-raising activities. Interestingly enough there are several of us, a core group, that have been there and worked together for years. We are all grandparents now and none of us have any kids that are related to us in any of the different musical groups which our organization supports.

  12. How many times was she grining when people’s lives were ruined for blowing a .09 and then she blows a .234? I have a hard time with phonies.

  13. I blew a .08 myself fairly recently.
    For the record I have been driving since I was 19 years old.
    I was 52 when I got pulled over. Did not break any laws, did not fail the field sobriety test, yet when asked if I would be willing to blow the breathalyzer I agreed to since I was coherent and alert. Also I have never in my life been arrested and knew nothing about keeping my mouth shut to the Police, something an experienced con would know enough to do. I was handcuffed and treated like a piece of crap and subsequently had to hire an attorney, had my driving privileges stripped, had to pay a ridiculously high fine and have spent countless hours at the local DMV in an attempt to get my full license back.
    The bottom line is that 2 drinks or 3 drinks shouldn’t cause honest law abiding citizens to be persecuted in such a manner.
    Of course I will never allow this to happen again, and have lectured everyone I know to never let this happen so the laws do some good, but seriously it is out of wack.

  14. And one more story relating to this issue. My son’s girlfriend got arrested in her car PARKED IN A PARKING LOT. She had too much to drink and was trying to find a spot to park and “sleep it off”. The law states that if you are behind the wheel and the keys are in the ignition that is enough. She blew a .16 still alot less that our model citizen the former MADD president. The kid is a young college student. She got 3 years probation ( first offense ) has an ignition interlock device ( which she must pay $85 to maintain ) must go to probation twice monthly ( for some reason she has to pay $30 every time she goes to probation. This is a kid who’s parents are essentially poor and a kid who goes to school and works her butt of at a job to pay for everything. This whole system was put in place for Lawyers, Courts and Municipalities to line their pockets. And of course don’t forget about the Local chapters of MADD. I am sure these people stand alot to gain by all of this.

  15. I’m with Mick! This is way out of whack! I had a similar experience in 1996. They are helping to kill the restaurants here in Buffalo whacky liberal New York. More people are killed in rush hour traffic than too drunk to drive. The son’s girlfriend story is particularly tragic. She was just trying to do the reasonable, safe thing and gets a ration of sh*t from the police. These things do not promote respect for the law. Of course, you know, if the police stop an off duty cop for the offense they get a “courtesy pass.” It’s just wrong.

  16. I wish that we as Americans, and stand up and fight these people, like madd, the police, lawers, and anyone else in it for the money. Someday in the U.S.A. IT WILL BE LIKE THE HUNGER GAMES ( IF YOU SEEN THE MOVIE, GOVERMENT WILL HAVE US ALL POOR, AND THE GOVERMENT WILL TO RICH, AND WE WILL HAVE NO FREEDOM.

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