WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Tony Ross (R-4) 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. Senator Ross 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. 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.
Senator Ross sponsored Senate File 19, addressing hardcore drunk drivers. This legislation doubles the “look back” period from five years to ten years in which prior DUI offenses are counted for purposes of enhanced penalties. The new law became effective 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.
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility