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article imageFormer President Gainesville chapter of MADD arrested for DUI

By Kim I. Hartman     Mar 2, 2011 in Crime
Gainesville - Debra Oberlin, 48, former president of a Florida local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving was arrested and charged with DUI following a traffic stop by the Gainesville Police Department.
According to the Gainesville Sun, "An officer with the Gainesville police spotted Oberlin driving erratically on Northwest 19th Street, swerving and crossing lanes. Oberlin was pulled over in the 3600 block of Northwest 39th Avenue. The officer wrote, in the arrest report, that Oberlin smelled of alcohol and had watery, bloodshot and dilated eyes. The report states that Oberlin told the officer she had four beers."
It was reported by the Sun, that Oberlin "had difficulty on a field sobriety test and had registered a .234 and .239 on breath alcohol tests," administered by the Gainesville Police Department, almost three times the legal limit. Florida's State Law on drunk-driving sets a limit of .08 for breath tests.
While Oberlin has had no comments to make to media concerning her arrest, the National Office of Mother's Against Drunk Driving issued the following statement:
"There have been some recent news reports about the alleged drunk driving arrest of Debra Oberlin, who served as a volunteer with the Gainesville, FL chapter of MADD nearly 20 years ago. While MADD is concerned to hear about this incident, we commend law enforcement for their efforts to keep our roads safe and are hopeful that no one was hurt as a result.
In 2009 alone, nearly 11,000 lives were lost due to drunk driving and another 400,000 people were injured in alcohol-related crashes in the U.S. It is our hope that this recent occurrence will serve as a reminder to others to plan ahead for a safe ride if their plans include alcohol."
The Sun report said, the Gainesville’s chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving was formed in the 1990s. "It was closed in 1996 because of a lack of financial support. Oberlin was the chapter president for three years."
ActionNewsJax.com reported, "Oberlin had no comment." But her neighbors did and they reportedly said, "She's a very nice woman who made a really bad mistake."
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