MADD Exec Tapped to Head NHTSA
President Obama has announced his choice to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): Charles Hurley, the CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Hurley, who has headed MADD since 2005, is a proponent of installation of ignition interlocks in all vehicles, not just those of repeat drunk driving offenders, and of several other anti-alcohol policies. He has been quoted as admitting to MADD taking “neo-prohibitionist” positions under his leadership.
NHTSA, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has a mission to “save lives, prevent injuries and reduce vehicle-related crashes,” is involved in research, education and information dissemination regarding automobile safety. Last year, NHTSA initiated a five-year, $10 million initiative in support of ignition interlock.