Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) condemned his actions, which put innocent lives in danger.
State Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine) was arrested and booked into jail for driving under the influence on May 2, according to Sacramento Sheriff’s public records and the senator’s own admission.
“Last night I was cited for a misdemeanor for driving under the influence. My decision to drive last night was irresponsible,” Min later admitted on Facebook.
After less than one term in the state senate, Min announced in January he is running for U.S. Congress in district CA-47.
In his Facebook post, he attempted to save his endangered campaign, “I accept full responsibility and there is no excuse for my actions. To my family, constituents and supporters, I am so deeply sorry. I know I need to do better. I will not let this personal failure distract from our work in California and in Washington.”
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a nonprofit organization advocating to put an end to drunk driving and provide resources to victims, said they hoped a high profile arrest would serve as a reminder to others not to drive under the influence.
“[It] is our hope that a high-profile arrest will serve as a reminder to others to plan ahead for a safe way home if their plans include alcohol. MADD is saddened any time we hear that someone has made the choice to drive drunk — especially an elected official, who may be seen as a role model — since every 45 minutes someone is killed and every 90 seconds someone is injured as a result of drunk driving crashes.”
“That’s why it is so important that we continue to educate the public about making smart and safe choices,” California State Executive Director Patricia Rillera said in a statement. “Drunk driving affects everyone—celebrities, elected officials and every citizen alike.”
According to DoSomething.org, a person will drive drunk 80 times on average before being arrested the first time.
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