WASHINGTON, DC - Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has been recognized by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers, for his outstanding commitment to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking. Attorney General Edmondson was one of nine Attorneys General to be honored for his 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, 244 alone were in Oklahoma. Understanding the scope of this national epidemic, this year’s award recipients joined The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility to help educate youth and their parents about responsible decision-making concerning beverage alcohol.
Over the years, Attorney General Edmondson hosted many of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s programs in Oklahoma in an effort to fight underage drinking and drunk driving. These have included Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix middle school initiative and Girl Talk for high school girls. AG Edmondson has raised public awareness by taping public service announcements to spread the message to all Oklahomans about the need to talk to our youth about the dangers of underage drinking. Additionally, he has been a leader in the legislature working to strengthen the penalties for providing to underage individuals and drunk driving.
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.
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility