WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Bryan P. Stevenson (R-128) 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. Representative Stevenson was one of ten state legislators from across the country 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, 310 alone were in Missouri. Understanding the scope of this national epidemic, this year’s award recipients joined The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility to combat drunk driving and underage drinking.
Representative Stevenson sponsored H.B. 1695—a substantial reform of Missouri’s DWI law. This legislation provides for the establishment of DWI courts to deal with cases involving repeat offenders and those convicted with a BAC of .15 or more. Such courts may grant limited driving privileges to participants after 45 days in the program. This legislation also improves the reporting and tracking of intoxication-related traffic offenses and includes DWI education in the required course of instruction for all municipal court judges. The new law went into effect on August 28.
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