David Griffin, who served as a police officer for more than 40 years, was a chapter president of MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Driving) in Prince Edward Island, until he was charged with a DUI earlier this summer, in June. Griffin, 65 was a volunteer president of a charitable organization which raised awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The group also supports victims and survivors who have dealt with incidents including drunk driving.

Sources state that charges were laid last week and David Griffin offered to resign immediately. The MADD Canada chief executive Andrew Murie stated in his 18 years with the company he had never dealt with an incident like this before.

This is disturbing to citizens nationwide considering how many lives have been lost due to accidents caused by impaired driving. In December of 2012 at a MADD press release, Mr Griffin spoke of how telling a family member that their loved one had been killed in a car accident by a drunk driver was one of the hardest thing to do.

Griffin served for 45 years as an officer and retired as a deputy chief.

Murie, who believes that David Griffin’s experience as a police office made him a great asset as a volunteer, is disappointed but also feels empathy towards him because of the great work and altruistic attitude he has contributed to MADD.

This is especially upsetting for the supporters of MADD because it raises a lot of questions regarding his commitment to the company’s mission statement, and the high principles he has broken.

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Questions and speculations will remain unanswered as the former chapter president could not be reached for comments on the issue and the MADD community has decided to move on from the incident.

CEO Andrew Murie does not want this occurrence to affect the image of the company and advises the community to continue to support the organization and its beliefs. David Griffin could not be reached for comments and is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

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