“Groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving have decided to wage war on social drinkers,” writes Fox News columnist Radley Balko in the Los Angeles Times. Balco gives voice to a sentiment we’ve been airing for five years — that MADD is now a $45 million bureaucracy that has outgrown its original purpose.

Consider the much-discussed and MADD-inspired “sobriety checkpoints” (also known as “roadblocks”). They “do little,” says Balco, “to get dangerous drunks off the road. Rather, they instill fear in people who have a glass of wine with dinner, a beer at a ballgame, or a toast at a retirement party.”

Even more telling, New York Newsday warns that the impending .08 BAC standard “should make casual drinkers even more leery about getting behind the wheel.”