Press Releases

  • Representative Steve Handy Publicly Withdraws Support for .05 Law

    Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, Utah Representative Steve Handy told Brian Mullahy of KUTV Channel 2 that he regretted voting for the bill that lowered the drunk driving arrest threshold from .08 to .05. When asked if he would vote differently if given the opportunity, Rep. Handy responded: “If I had to do it over again I would probably vote no.” Handy goes on to say, “the penalties are probably incorrect. The penalties are maybe a little bit stiff.” He then added, “The Governor came very close to vetoing the bill and maybe he should have.” Rep. Handy is not alone. A Utah Policy [...]

  • American Beverage Institute Likens Utah’s .05 DUI Arrest Level to Equally Silly DWO (Driving While Older) in Full-Page Ad

    Washington D.C.—Tomorrow, the American Beverage Institute (ABI) will run a full-page advertisement in the Salt Lake Tribune opposing Utah’s move to lower the blood-alcohol arrest level for driving from .08 to .05. The ad highlights research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reveals drivers over the age of 65 are more impaired than a driver with a BAC of .05. If Utah lawmakers are prepared to jail someone who’s had little to drink, then they should also be prepared to bar people over the age of 65 from driving. ABI strongly urges Governor Herbert and the Utah legislature to repeal [...]

  • American Beverage Institute Garners 10,000 Signatures Opposing Utah’s .05 Law

    Washington D.C.—Today, the American Beverage Institute (ABI) documents the 10,000th signature on a petition urging Utah lawmakers to reconsider and repeal the recent passage of the .05 blood-alcohol arrest level. The state legislature will have the opportunity to make that desire a reality during the upcoming special legislative session and supplemental committee hearings that aim to address the unintended consequences of the law. Read the full language of the petition here. Sarah Longwell, the managing director of ABI, released the following statement: It’s obvious that the general public in Utah—especially those in the restaurant and tourism industries—are opposed to the decision of state lawmakers to [...]

  • American Beverage Institute Cautions Nevada Vacationers of Utah’s .05 Law in Full-Page Las Vegas Review-Journal Ad and Launches Petition Opposing .05

    Washington D.C.—Tomorrow the American Beverage Institute (ABI) will continue its campaign against Utah’s recently passed .05 law by running a full-page advertisement in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The ad warns Nevada vacationers of the potential to be subjected to DUI charges for having little more than a single drink before driving. And since Nevada sends the third most tourists to Utah—behind California and Idaho—they need to understand how the new law could impact them. ABI strongly urges Governor Herbert and the Utah legislature to repeal the .05 BAC law during the upcoming special legislative session this summer. We have also launched an online petition opposing [...]

  • 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, [...]