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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 10,228 alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities in 2010. Seven percent of eighth graders surveyed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2010 said that they had consumed five or more drinks in a row in the two weeks prior to being asked. Each year The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility recognizes members of Congress who have done outstanding work to prevent and raise awareness about drunk driving and underage drinking. This year, we noted the efforts of 26 representatives and senators who supported The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s efforts and took the initiative to make our roads safer and children healthier.

Several Members of Congress worked with middle schools in their districts to talk about why it’s important to say “Yes” to a healthy lifestyle and “No” to underage drinking. They encouraged students to join The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program and talk to their parents about making good decisions in all aspects of life as well as in regard to alcohol. And many Members of Congress and their staff celebrated Take Your Daughters and Sons to Word Day with an educational and fun event that included several Washington Redskins players.

Members of Congress also actively supported The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s efforts by encouraging their colleagues and staff to attend a variety of educational briefings on Capitol Hill. In September, doctors from the Division on Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, explained how a new program they are developing, the Computerized Assessment and Referral System (CARS), will make it easier to diagnose underlying mental health issues in repeat drunk driving offenders and  direct them to an appropriate treatment provider. In October, Members and staff attended a briefing about ongoing student campaigns aimed at reducing underage and binge drinking on college campuses. And at a briefing in December, research was presented on the recognized increase in female drunk drivers on our roadways.

We were delighted to present the following Members of Congress with Leadership Awards in recognition of their ongoing commitment to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking.

Senators:

  • John Kerry
  • Debbie Stabenow
  • Tom Udall
  • Chris Coons
  • Roy Blunt

Representatives:

  • Shelley Berkley
  • Anne Marie Buerkle
  • David Cicilline
  • Howard Coble
  • Danny Davis
  • Charles Dent
  • Jim Gerlach
  • Michael Grimm
  • Jim Himes
  • Steny Hoyer
  • Ron Kind
  • Peter King
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
  • Tim Murphy
  • Grace Napolitano
  • Frank Pallone
  • Tom Petri
  • Heath Shuler
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • Edolphus Towns
  • Frederica Wilson