Press Releases (Page 18)

  • Detroit Free Press covers Ignition Interlock Ad

    He just finalized his divorce and now Kiefer Sutherland turns up where he probably doesn't want to be. (No -- not in Barbara Walters' autobiography!) The American Beverage Institute is continuing its national radio and print advertising campaign to fight car ignition interlock devices that promote sobriety. A full-page ad running in the New York Times explains that although interlocks are a good idea for people with multiple DUI arrests like actor Sutherland and drivers with high blood-alcohol concentration levels like Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and former pro football player Steve McNair, they shouldn't be applied to all [...]

  • World Entertainment News Network covers Ignition Interlock Ad

    Actor Kiefer Sutherland and rocker Billie Joe Armstrong have been named and shamed in a new drunk-driving-inspired advertising campaign. The American Beverage Institute, ABI, took out a full page ad in The New York Times on Tuesday featuring Sutherland and Armstrongs' DUI mugshots. The ad praises in-car breathalyzers, new technology that will prevent drunk drivers from starting up cars, but also raises alarm bells about plans to install them in every car in America, which the ABI claims will bring an end to legal drinking and driving. It reads, "Ignition interlocks, or in-car breathalyzers are a great tool for getting hard-core drunk drivers [...]

  • Tallahassee Democrat runs Sobriety Checkpoints Letter to the Editor

    The sobriety checkpoint for Tallahassee will funnel limited state and federal grant money away from measures that have proven to be most effective in combating drunk driving ("Local briefs," May 15). Because they are highly visible by design and publicized in advance, roadblocks are all too easily avoided by the chronic alcohol abusers who make up the core of today's drunken driving problem. Conversely, the number of DUI arrests made by roving patrol programs is nearly 10 times the average number of DUIs made by checkpoint programs, according to testimony by a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official. By focusing scarce law-enforcement resources on [...]

  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel runs ABI Op-ed

    Focus on impairment of drivers By SARAH LONGWELL   A close inspection revealed a serious failing of this so-called study: the lack of differentiation between moderate, legal drinking and driving and drunken driving. The pollsters simply had asked participants if they drove "under the influence of alcohol" at any point during the previous year.   However, since all 50 states list 0.08 blood-alcohol concentration as the legal threshold for "drunken" driving, Americans can responsibly (and legally) enjoy beer, wine or spirits in moderation at local restaurants, sporting events or friends' homes and then drive home. But the survey's incredibly subjective question doesn't address that.   It confuses [...]

  • Cincinnati Enquirer runs Sobriety Checkpoint Letter to the Editor

    Sobriety checkpoints are ineffective The sobriety checkpoint Friday served to funnel limited state and federal grant money away from measures that have proven to be most effective in combating drunk driving ("DUI checkpoint Friday," May 8). Because they are highly visible by design and publicized in advance, roadblocks are all too easily avoided by the chronic alcohol abusers who comprise the core of today's drunk driving problem. Conversely, the number of DUI arrests made by roving patrol programs is nearly 10 times the average number of DUIs made by checkpoint programs, according to testimony by a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official. Sarah Longwell Managing Director American [...]

  • Minnesota Post column: Doctor agrees with ABI about failings of new government drunk driving study

    As a physician I believe that the acute effects of alcohol on the human brain are really a continuum of impairment, and that Minnesota's current blood-alcohol-level (BAL) of 0.08 is a silly contrivance: as if a driver is drunk at 0.08 and entirely sober at 0.06. Would it comfort you to board your Nordelta flight knowing that the pilot is at 0.05? Could you accidentally kill your 8-year-old son while out turkey hunting and call yourself sober at 0.06? A few days later the Strib posted a letter to the editor from the managing director of the American Beverage Institute. The [...]

  • Editorial in Pleasanton Weekly agrees with ABI on sobriety checkpoints

    We were stopped in our tracks twice Monday, first by traffic on westbound Bernal Avenue that was waiting to be processed through a one-lane thoroughfare at a sobriety checkpoint next to the fairgrounds, and later at the office where we found an unsolicited email from the American Beverage Institute (ABI) telling us that those roadside checks are a waste of money. Both the checkpoint and email caught our attention, and really for two reasons. Sarah Longwell, ABI's managing director in Washington, D.C. who wrote us, seemed to know a lot about the Pleasanton checkpoint for someone 3,000 miles away. Second, [...]

  • Letter to the Editor in USA Today: Survey results on drunken driving are misleading

    Survey results on drunken driving are misleading A new study grabbed headlines recently and had editorial pages buzzing with anxiety about drunken drivers ("Study shows Midwest has worst drunken driving rates," USA TODAY.com, April 23). A closer look at the survey reveals that this so-called study doesn't actually tell us anything about how many people are driving drunk. The survey asked respondents: During the past 12 months, have you driven a vehicle while you were under the influence of alcohol. For a "scientific study," that question is awfully subjective. It makes no distinction between whether the driver was impaired or simply drove [...]