Press Releases (Page 18)

  • California Breathalyzer Bill Fails to Target Real Drunk Driving Problem

    WASHINGTON – Today the American Beverage Institute (ABI) denounced ignition interlock bill AB2784 which would mandate the installation of breathalyzers in the cars of low-BAC (blood alcohol concentration) first-time offenders. During testimony yesterday in front of the California State Assembly, ABI managing director, Sarah Longwell, opposed AB2784 saying, "We believe that this bill denies judicial discretion and ignores proportional response by mandating ignition interlock devices for low-BAC, first-time offenders." The ABI further advocated in favor of targeting the high-BAC drivers and repeat offenders, who comprise the core of today’s drunk driving problem. “By mandating breathalyzers for first-time offenders who may have has as little [...]

  • Nebraska Legislature approves ignition locks for drunken drivers

    LINCOLN - First- and second-offense drunk drivers would be required to drive cars equipped with ignition interlock devices under a measure given 43-0 final approval Tuesday by the Legislature. The devices prevent motorists from starting their cars if they have alcohol on their breath. Legislative Bill 736, introduced by State Sen. Tony Fulton of Lincoln, now goes to Gov. Dave Heineman. His office said Heineman hadn't yet decided whether to sign it into law. However, in an unusual move, the Governor's Office sent the bill back to lawmakers late Tuesday after noticing a language error. The mistake pertained to the indigents' fund for [...]

  • DUI proposal’s restrictive nature alarming

    Alaska fines a driver speeding 5 mph over the limit $40. A driver caught speeding 20 mph over can owe more than $240. The rest of the state's traffic offenses follow the same theme: The severity of the crime determines the severity of the punishment. But a bill before the state Legislature aims to change that. As with speeders, there's a big difference between a person driving after two drinks and a drunk who drives after 10. However, proposed legislation would force Alaska judges to ignore that difference. They would have to punish drivers charged with driving just a sip over the [...]

  • Will cars regulate our drinks?

    SOME Pennsylvania counties fine a driver speeding 5 mph over the limit $35. A driver caught speeding over 20 mph owes more than $65. The rest of the state's traffic offenses follow the same theme: The severity of the crime determines the severity of the punishment. But a new bill before the state Legislature aims to change that. There's a big difference between a person driving after two drinks and a drunk who drives after 10. However, proposed legislation would force Pennsylvania judges to ignore that difference and punish drivers charged with driving just a sip over the limit with [...]

  • DUI checkpoints not effective, or cheap

    Costa Mesa police spent a lot of officers’ time and taxpayers’ money Tuesday to arrest zero drunk drivers out of 289 cars stopped and inconvenienced at a DUI checkpoint (“2 vehicles towed, 11 drivers cited at DUI checkpoint,” March 26). In the fight to get drunk drivers off the roads, California law enforcement agencies would likely make far more arrests if they spent their available patrol time roaming the streets looking for drunk drivers, rather than standing at roadblocks waiting for these drivers to come to them. Because they are highly visible by design and publicized in advance, roadblocks are all too [...]

  • Lawmakers consider DUI breathalyzer bill

    State lawmakers took up a bill today to crack down on first-time drunk driving offenders -- it would install breathalyzers in their cars. A recent study says the move would save lives and money, but at least one group opposes it. Victor Figueroa installs smart start interlock devices in cars. One long exhale and the car will either start or not. it all depends on how much the driver has had to drink. "If you are at a non passing level then it locks you out of your vehicle and your not allowed to start it," said Victor Figueroa from DVS Kustoms. A bill [...]

  • Tennessee Breathalyzer Bills Blow Drunk Driving Fight Off Course

    American Beverage Institute Says Tennessee’s Low-BAC First Offender Bills Aren’t Addressing The Real Drunk Driving Problem WASHINGTON – Today the American Beverage Institute (ABI) denounced ignition interlock bills before the Tennessee House Judiciary Committee which would mandate the installation of breathalyzers in the cars of low-BAC (blood alcohol concentration) first-time offenders. The ABI further advocated in favor of targeting the high-BAC drivers and repeat offenders, who comprise the core of today’s drunk driving problem. “By mandating breathalyzers for first time offenders, regardless of their BAC level, these bills ignore the root cause of today’s drunk driving problem—hard core alcohol abusers,” said ABI [...]

  • Breathalyzer Device Issue Raises Concerns

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- First time DUI offenders may have to install an interlock Breathalyzer device in their cars. The pending bill has many concerned on both sides of the issue. The American Beverage Company is against the bill in California. They said it isn't addressing the real issue. Representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving said the Breathalyzer is just a Band-Aid. They said more has to be done through education.   The interlock Breathalyzer is a device, that when a driver gets into a car, the driver would have to blow into the device. If the device registers a blood alcohol level higher [...]

  • Anti-drinking measure goes over the line

    The proposed measure would punish drivers charged with driving just a sip over the limit. NEW JERSEY fines a driver speeding 5 mph over the limit $10. A driver caught speeding more than 20 mph over the limit owes $200. The rest of the state's traffic offenses follow the same theme: The severity of the crime determines the severity of the punishment. But a new bill before the Legislature would change that. As with speeders, there's a big difference between a person driving after two drinks and a drunk who drives after 10. However, legislation proposed by state Sens. John Adler [...]

  • Roving Police Patrols

    Drunken drivers The roving police patrol that took place Monday in Overland Park is the most effective way to maximize DUI arrests and save taxpayer money (3/15, Local, “Police will watch for drunk drivers”). Cities nationwide should adopt similar efforts. Studies on traffic safety confirm that this type of police unit (also known as a “saturation” patrol) is the best way to get the worst drunk drivers off the road. Unlike highly publicized sobriety checkpoints that broadcast their locations in advance, roving patrols cover wide, unannounced areas, so chronic drunk drivers can’t plan ahead to avoid them. Furthermore, roving patrols [...]