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HIGH RISK DRIVERS ARE OVER-REPRESENTED IN CRASHES
Beer Institute Will Sponsor Workshop

Washington, D.C., July 27, 2000 -- While traffic safety statistics have dramatically improved over the past two decades, hard core drunk drivers and young drivers are two groups over-represented in crashes on AmericaÕs highways, according to Beer Institute. To help examine these two groups and identify effective legislative action to control the danger they pose, Beer Institute is sponsoring a workshop at this yearÕs American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in San Diego, California.

Jeff Becker, president, Beer Institute, said, "Beer Institute and its members are fully committed to bringing further improvements and strongly believe that focusing intensively on high-risk groups is the most promising way to get further reductions in serious crashes and fatalities."

A recent study from the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that increasingly tough punishments are needed for those convicted of multiple drunk driving offenses -- something Beer InstituteÕs members have worked diligently to ensure.

"In the last few years alone, laws targeting high blood alcohol content repeat offenders have been passed, with the active support of brewers, in Arizona, Ohio and Wisconsin," Becker added.

In addition, Becker noted that more than 30 states have laws to address new, young drivers and many more are considering graduated licensing, a step-by-step process for issuing driver licenses to young people. It is designed to help young drivers gain the knowledge and skills they need to drive a motor vehicle safely.

ALEC is the nation's largest bipartisan, individual membership association of state legislators, with nearly 2,400 members across America. The high risk driver workshop will feature Dr. Mark Edwards, Managing Director of Traffic Safety, American Automobile Association; John Moulden, President, National Commission Against Drunk Driving; and Dr. Herb Simpson, President, Traffic Injury Research Foundation. It will focus on the magnitude of the problem hard core and young drivers pose, and measures most needed to deal with the problem.

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