Posted on | February 24, 2015
Written by | Paul Santelle
Common-sense efforts by our industry have truly worked.
DRUNK DRIVING IS AT LOWEST RATE EVER!
Yes, and that is welcome news for our entire industry! The study was taken from the most recent National Roadside Survey for the years 2013-’14. From 1973 to 2013-’14, there was an 80% reduction in the percentage of alcohol-impaired (.08+) drivers on the road during weekend nights (from 7.5% to 1.5%).
In fact, there has been a substantial decrease in the percentage of drivers who were alcohol positive (i.e., had any amount of alcohol in their system) from 1973 (35.9%) to 2013-2014 (8.3%).
This is a direct result of the coordinated and sustained common-sense efforts by the entire alcohol industry to produce, distribute, market and sell all alcoholic beverages both on- and off-premise in a responsible manner. I say “kudos” to every member of our industry advocating and preaching the importance of supporting responsible business practices that support public safety while improving the general welfare of our communities. This was the fifth National Roadside Survey release since 1973 and the overall trend over the course of the last 40 years is continuous and consistent.
As we move forward with the 114th Congress, let us hope that the above study will support our coordinated industry effort to quash last year’s recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to lower the national BAC level from .08 to .05 for driving under the influence. Such a change would make it criminal for many of us to drive after consuming a single alcoholic beverage! We know the real problem the NTSB needs to address is the hardcore repeat offender whose alcohol BAC level exceeds 1.5%.
These offenders have given our industry a black-eye and are directly responsible for the vast majority of all fatal alcohol related crashes. Clearly, the above study shows that the current .08 BAC level coupled with a proactive industry equals a working public policy, and we strongly feel that the time has come for our industry to call for harsher penalties, including mandatory ignition interlocks for recidivists and higher BAC-level offenders.
The study was released in February by the “Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility” (previously known as the Century Council) that you can check out at www.FAAR@responsibility.org
5th ANNUAL NJLSA-PAC GOLF OUTING – MONDAY, JUNE 22ND
Once again, we are returning to Royce Brook Golf Club, located at 201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough (Somerset County), where we will be utilizing both the East and West 18 hole courses. Our cut-off will be 200 golfers, so please do not delay in signing up and remember if you do not golf that you can always participate with this event by attending our dinner reception, which is always the highlight of the day.
Please support our annual golf outing by participating with this event that has sold out for the last three years! Our NJLSA-PAC Golf Outing Committee includes NJLSA Directors Bruce Hamilton, George Wolfson, Mike Maro, Sunny Patel and NJLSA President Juan Negrin. Refer to our advertisement on the opposite page or go to our website at NJLSA.com for more information and/or to register!