The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility works every day to fight drunk driving and prevent underage drinking. One of the ways we do this is by working with our partners and helping states modernize and strengthen their drunk driving and underage drinking laws. Today, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility submitted supportive testimony in Rhode Island for Senate Bill 2568, a bill that will provide stronger penalties for repeat and high blood alcohol content (BAC) offenders.

The bill was originally introduced by Senator V. Susan Sosnowski and was then amended by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, a longtime leader on drunk driving issues in Rhode Island. Attorney General Kilmartin has been leading a taskforce in Rhode Island to strengthen the ignition interlock laws in the state. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has been proud to work with him on this endeavor.

The legislation is scheduled for a hearing today before the Senate Committee on Judiciary. The bill would require ignition interlock devices for all high BAC DWI offenders (.15% or above), all repeat DWI offenders and repeat high BAC test refusals. It would also expand judicial discretion in drunk driving cases to allow for the installation of ignition interlock devices for all DWI and test refusal offenders. The legislation would also require treatment for high BAC offenders on their third offense.

We applaud the leadership that Attorney General Kilmartin and Senator Sosnowski have provided for this issue and encourage the passage of this legislation.