Press Releases (Page 18)

  • 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 [...]

  • Associated Press writes story on ABI Interlock Ad

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan is not exactly toasting her latest public appearance. A mugshot of the 21-year-old actress, who has been in and out of rehab after two arrests last year on drunken driving and cocaine charges, was prominently featured Friday in an advertisement attacking legislation for devices that measure a driver's blood alcohol level before their vehicle can start. The full-page black-and-white ad appeared in USA Today on Friday and was paid for by the American Beverage Institute, a trade group that supports the interests of the alcohol industry. The ad reads "Ignition interlocks are a good idea for" [...]

  • MTV News covers Ignition Interlock ad

    If you picked up a copy of USA Today on Friday (May 2), you might have been thrown off by a full-page ad with the big, bold headline, "Ignition interlocks — A good idea for," above the infamous post-DUI-arrest mug shot of Lindsay Lohan. The next line reads, "But a bad idea for us," over a series of pictures of a happy bride and groom toasting each other, some smiling young adults hoisting their brews and martinis, and three pals clinking beers over a meal. The ad opposes the mandatory use of ignition interlocks, also known as in-car breathalyzers, which require [...]

  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer runs ABI Letter to the Editor criticizing government drunk driving study

    A new study grabbed headlines this week and had editorial pages buzzing with anxiety about drunk drivers ("Study finds driving under the influence trends North," April 23).However, 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 after a having a sensible amount of alcohol. [...]

  • USA Today covers ABI’s position in Ignition Interlock debate

    High-tech efforts against drunken driving are intensifying around the USA as more states adopt or consider laws requiring first-time offenders to equip their vehicles with devices that prevent operation by intoxicated people. Federal highway officials and safe driving advocates, noting that crash deaths involving drunken drivers have remained about 32% of all fatalities for the past decade, say the devices are the best way to cut the toll. State legislators are listening. Last month, Washington became the fifth state — joining Arizona, Illinois, Louisiana and New Mexico — to require alcohol-ignition interlocks for anyone convicted of drunken driving. Last week, the Nebraska [...]

  • Another USA Today covers ABI’s position in Ignition Interlock debate

    Belva Howard didn't know that South Carolina had one of the nation's weakest drunken-driving laws or that 40% of traffic deaths in her state involve legally intoxicated drivers. She didn't know that people suspected of driving under the influence could refuse to take a breath test and risk only a three-month license suspension. Howard didn't know -- until her husband was killed in 2002 by Jerry James Carruth, a man whose blood-alcohol level was three times the legal driving limit, a man who'd already been convicted of drunken driving seven times. "I was absolutely in utter shock and amazement," she says. [...]

  • Restaurant Trade Association Urges Governor Palin to Veto Breathalyzer Bill

    WASHINGTON – Today the American Beverage Institute (ABI) denounced legislation awaiting Governor Palin’s signature that 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, HB19 ignores the root cause of today’s drunk driving problem—hard core alcohol abusers,” said ABI spokeswoman Sarah Longwell. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that the average BAC of a drunk driver in [...]

  • 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 [...]