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We’re honored to recognize seven Members of Congress today who we feel have displayed a special commitment in the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking. These Members of Congress provide leadership to their fellow colleagues in addressing these issues, and we’re very grateful for their work both nationally and in their districts.

In 2010, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) championed the passage of the Roads Safe Act of 2010. This legislation would provide enhanced funding for research on in-vehicle advanced alcohol technology. Such technology, if successfully developed, would prevent a car from starting if the driver is at or above the legal .08 BAC limit. Additionally, Senator Udall provided leadership and support for The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix initiative on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senator Udall met with Apolo Anton Ohno to discuss additional ways in which we can decrease dangerous underage drinking while emphasizing the importance of healthy lifestyles among youth.

We recognize Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI), Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), and Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) for providing leadership and support for The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix initiative on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Their support for our Capitol Hill event helped The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility reach policymakers and their children and encouraged middle school students to become Ask, Listen, Learn Team members.

Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) hosted The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program in Portsmouth, VA at Churchland Middle School. As a result, we were able to reach out to many kids in his district again this year and, with Congressman Scott, tell them to say ‘YES’ to a healthy lifestyle and ‘NO’ to underage drinking.

In April of 2010, Congressman Harry Mitchell (D-AZ) hosted The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program in Scottsdale, AZ at Mojave Middle School. We were grateful for the chance to bring this program to Scottsdale, and we thank Congressman Mitchell for helping us to reach so many young students.

Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT) was also recognized for his support of our Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program. Congressman Himes lead a program in Fairfield, Connecticut at Fairfield Woods Middle School. His support of the program encouraged parents to start the conversation regarding alcohol with their kids.