Sep
02
2010

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative David Derby (R-74) 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 Derby is 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, 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 combat drunk driving and underage drinking.

Representative Derby sponsored The Aaron Gillming Act (H.B. 3240), requiring drivers convicted of DUI to participate in an evaluation and assessment program prior to sentencing. Reinstatement of driving privileges will be contingent upon compliance, and the court shall require offenders to follow all program recommendations as a condition of any sentence. This act becomes effective on November 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.

Contact: 

Jessica Lepak

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

(202) 637-0077