Hospitality San Marcos S-PAC had written approval from the State Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for utilizing their official position with respect to uniform closing times in the PAC’s press release dated October 14, 2008. Out of deference to the efforts of MADD to protect the lives of Texas citizens, Hospitality San Marcos had extensive correspondence and communication with MADD’s Texas office that included contribution from their National Communication Public Policy Office in Washington, D. C. prior to distribution of the PAC’s press release.
An article in this Sunday’s San Marcos Daily Record reported that MADD was upset with Hospitality San Marcos suggesting that MADD had endorsed the referendum. This claim is patently wrong. The San Marcos Daily Record article suggested that Carmen Castro, a bilingual victim advocate, was speaking for MADD as their official representative. Based upon our extensive communication and the ultimate approval of our message by officials from the Texas Chapter of MADD in Austin for Ms. Castro to suggest that MADD is upset about any misrepresentation by Hospitality San Marcos does not square with the facts. No attempts were made by the writer of the article, Anita Miller, to reach anyone from Hospitality San Marcos to confirm the Record’s story. The language in the press release was commented upon and ultimately approved by the MADD organization prior to its distribution and the language used in the article and all subsequent literature is consistent with their organization’s official position.
Hospitality San Marcos’ October 14th press release stated, “Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) advocates setting uniform statewide cut off limits on the sale of alcoholic beverages in order to end the practice of ‘barhopping’ to find establishments with later closing hours for ‘one last drink’ with the likelihood of impaired driving as a result. The PAC shares this concern and asks each responsible person to vote in favor of this referendum.”
This article in no way suggested that MADD had endorsed the bar hour extension but did accurately state the organization’s official policy on this issue with their approval. On October 30, 2008 in an article published in the University Star Toni Logan with MADD communications suggests that “MADD’s stance on uniform bar hours is consistent with Hospitality San Marcos S-PAC’s initiative.”
No materials produced by Hospitality San Marcos, including the website, suggest anything other than MADD’s official position noted above. We applaud the logic of MADD’s position on the issue of uniform closing times for bars in our area in an effort to promote safety on our roads and highways.
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