WASHINGTON, DC - Representative H. “Mac” Gipson, Jr. (R-88) and Senator Quinton T. Ross, Jr. (D-26) have been recognized by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers, for their outstanding commitment to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking. These leaders are two of ten state legislators from across the country to be honored for their ongoing dedication.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 11,773 alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities in 2008, with 5,174 of them being persons between the ages of 12 and 20. Of these alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities, 315 alone were in Alabama. Understanding the scope of this national epidemic, this year’s award recipients joined The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility to promote safety for young drivers.

Representative Gipson sponsored H.B. 65 (enacted) and Senator Ross sponsored S.B. 46 (cross-filed) which strengthen Alabama’s existing graduated driver licensing (GDL) system by implementing a 3-stage process for teens to obtain a restriction-free license. This legislation limits the hours of operation and number of passengers, and prohibits the use of handheld communication devices among teen drivers. The new provisions went into effect on July 1.

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a not-for-profit organization funded by distillers including: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc., Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; Pernod Ricard USA and Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc. Through legislation, education, and public awareness campaigns, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a leader in the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol.


Jessica Lepak
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
(202) 637-0077