Press Releases

  • American Beverage Institute Warns Idaho Vacationers of Utah’s .05 Law in Full-Page Idaho Statesman Ad

    Washington D.C.—Tomorrow the American Beverage Institute (ABI) will run a full-page ad in The Idaho Statesman opposing Utah’s move to lower the blood-alcohol arrest level from .08 to .05. The ad warns Idaho vacationers of the potential to be subjected to DUI charges for having little more than a single drink before driving. And since Idaho sends the second most tourists to Utah, it’s something to be concerned about. ABI strongly urges Governor Herbert and the Utah legislature to repeal the 0.05 BAC law during the upcoming special legislative session. The full-page ad features the mugshot of a woman who “had one drink with dinner” and [...]

  • American Beverage Institute Condemns Gov. Herbert for Supporting .05

    Washington D.C.—Today, Governor Herbert has ignored public demand. He announced his decision to sign into law H.B. 155—making Utah the only state to lower the blood-alcohol content (BAC) arrest level by 38% from .08 to .05. The American Beverage Institute (ABI) strongly condemns the governor for his ill-advised decision that is not supported by any evidence that it will improve traffic safety. Sarah Longwell, ABI’s Managing Director, issued the following statement about Governor Herbert’s decision: It’s a sad day for Utah. Governor Herbert’s decision to sign Utah’s .05 legislation will not only harm the people of Utah, but cripple their restaurant and [...]

  • American Beverage Institute Calls on Utah Governor to Veto .05 Bill in Full-Page USA Today Ad

    Washington D.C.—Tomorrow, the American Beverage Institute (ABI) will run a full-page ad in USA Today, the Salt Lake Tribune, and Deseret News opposing efforts to lower the legal blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit from .08 to .05. ABI strongly urges Governor Herbert to veto H.B. 155. The full-page ad features the mugshot of a woman who “had one drink with dinner” and is titled “Utah: Come for Vacation, Leave on Probation.” It goes on to explain how lowering the legal limit would subject sober people to jail time and harm the hospitality and tourism industries. View the ad here. If Governor Hebert decides to sign the legislation, Utah will become the first state in the nation to move to a [...]

  • American Beverage Institute Urges Governor Herbert to Support 24/7 Sobriety Program, Not .05

    Washington D.C.—Today, the American Beverage Institute asked Utah Governor Gary Herbert to support reducing alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Utah by signing a bill that would implement a 24/7 Sobriety Program in the state. Instead of lowering the legal blood-alcohol content limit to .05—which is not proven to save lives—the state should implement programs like 24/7 Sobriety which have demonstrated success in reducing drunk driving fatalities in states across the country. Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, released the following statement: We all want to save lives on the roads, but lowering the legal limit will do very little—if anything at all—to reduce alcohol-related traffic [...]

  • American Beverage Institute Urges Florida Lawmakers to Oppose All-Offender Ignition Interlock Legislation

    Washington D.C.—Today, the Florida House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee will consider H.B. 949—which would require low blood-alcohol content (BAC) and first-time DUI offenders to install ignition interlock devices (IID) into their vehicles. Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, released the following statement: While the American Beverage Institute supports mandated ignition interlocks for high-BAC and repeat offenders, we do not support the legislation that the senate subcommittee is considering today—which expands the mandate to first-time and low BAC offenders. The bill blatantly ignores the real problem—high-BAC drunk drivers. In Florida specifically, 65 percent of alcohol-related traffic fatalities involve a driver with [...]

  • American Beverage Institute Criticizes Utah Senate for Historic Vote Lowering the Legal BAC Limit

    Utah becomes first in the nation to lower the legal limit to .05 Washington D.C.—Today, the Utah Senate Passed H.B. 155, which would lower the legal blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit from .08 to .05. With Governor Herbert already on the record supporting the legislation, passage appears imminent. This will make Utah the first state in the nation to move to a .05 legal limit. The American Beverage Institute, which testified against the bill in the Senate Transportation Committee, strongly opposes the passing of H.B. 155 and similar proposed legislation in Washington and Hawaii. Lowering the legal BAC limit will negatively impact the hospitality industry, but won’t reduce traffic fatalities as intended. American Beverage Institute Managing Director, [...]

  • American Beverage Institute Announces Opposition to Introduction of Bills to Lower the Legal Limit to .05 in Multiple States

    Data shows resources are better spent targeting hardcore high-BAC offenders who cause the overwhelming majority of alcohol-related fatalities Washington D.C.—Today, the American Beverage Institute (ABI) announced its opposition to the recent swath of state bills to lower the legal blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit while driving from .08 to .05. So far this year, Utah, Hawaii, and Washington have proposed .05 legislation. ABI calls out these proposals as misguided and ineffective because of their negligible impact on drunk driving fatalities and major impact on criminalizing responsible drinking. The bills include: Hawaii S.B. 18 – Relating to the use of intoxicants while operating a motor vehicle. Sponsored by Sen. Josh Green (D-HI). Utah H.B. 155 – Driving under the influence [...]

  • American Beverage Institute Issues Statement on NTSB Most Wanted List

    This afternoon, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its 2017-2018 Most Wanted List advocating for lowering the legal blood alcohol limit to 0.05 or lower, all-offender ignition interlock mandates, more sobriety checkpoints, and an invasive in-vehicle alcohol monitoring technology called the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety. Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, released the following statement: The NTSB’s most recent list of policy priorities continues to neglect the core of our nation’s drunk driving problem: the overwhelming majority of fatal crashes involving alcohol are caused by severely impaired drivers. The average BAC recorded among impaired drivers is nearly .19 – more than twice the legal limit. By continuing to advocate for [...]

  • American Beverage Institute Issues Statement on Distracted Driving Fatalities

    A new report released today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that traffic deaths in the first half of 2016 have increased by 10.4 percent compared to the same period last year. This follows a 7.2 percent increase in the full year 2015 traffic fatalities, a rise driven by the increase in deaths from distracted driving. Fatalities in 2015 from distracted driving—such as texting while driving—increased by over 8 percent, while alcohol impaired driving fatalities rose 3 percent. Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, released the following statement: The double-digit increase in traffic fatalities over the first half of 2016 suggests that the 2015 trend of increased fatal [...]

  • American Beverage Institute Issues Statement on SB 1046

    Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1046, which requires the implementation of ignition interlock devices (IIDs) for low blood alcohol content (BAC) and first-time DUI offenders. Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, released the following statement: While the American Beverage Institute supports mandated ignition interlocks for high-BAC and repeat offenders, we do not support the bill that Gov. Brown signed into law today which expands the mandate to first time and low-blood alcohol content (BAC) offenders. In doing so, Governor Brown ignores the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s evaluation of the pilot program, which recommended against expanding the ignition [...]