Was Candy Lightner, Founder of MADD, (no longer affiliated with the org) arrested for a DUI? Looking to confirm the rumor

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I thought I had heard that story. I find no corroboration - but here are a couple of accounts that may have fed the rumor:

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The founder of the Citrus County (Florida) chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to witnesses, MADD activist Leigh Gonzalez pulled out a gun and put it in the face of a man outside a bar.

Although Ms. Gonzalez had falsely claimed to be a law enforcement officer, there's no evidence that she was attempting to prevent the man from driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol.

The MADD founder recently stepped down from her post at the MADD chapter, claiming that national MADD officers demanded too much of the local chapter.

From activistcash.com
Candace Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) in 1980 after her daughter was killed by a drunk driver, and was instrumental in expanding MADD into the national organization it is today.

Lightner has split with the group in recent years (She was fired by the Board of Directors). She strongly opposed MADD’s fight to lower the national drunk driving arrest threshold to 0.08% BAC, on the basis that “The majority of crashes occur with high blood-alcohol levels, the .15, .18 and .25 drinkers. Lowering the blood-alcohol concentration was not a solution …”

Lightner has continued her disapproval of MADD’s agenda, telling the Washington Times in 2002 that “[MADD] has become far more neo-prohibitionist than I had ever wanted or envisioned… I didn’t start MADD to deal with alcohol. I started MADD to deal with the issue of drunk driving.”

"What you think you know may not be so."

Yes she has! I learned this in a drug and alcohol course, forced by the city of LA- that she has been arrested twice for DUI! Goes to show how much BS Madd really is. But keep sending them donations so they can bail out the founder and help pay her fines!

The correct link to the following material that is quoted above:


The founder of the Citrus County (Florida) chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to witnesses,MADD activist Leigh Gonzalez pulled out a gun and put it in the face of a man outside a bar.
Although Ms. Gonzalez had falsely claimed to be a law enforcement officer, there's no evidence that she was attempting to prevent the man from driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol.
The MADD founder recently stepped down from her post at the MADD chapter, claiming that national MADD officers demanded too much of the local chapter.
is http://alcoholfacts.org/CrashCourseOnMADD.html

No.  I was never  stopped or arrested for DUI.  I was never fired by the MADD Board of Directors.  I left of my own free will because I was burned out.  I do not think MADD is a neoprohibitionist group.  Candace Lightner

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