Strong Drunk Driving Measure Dumped by Congressional Conferres

May 18, 1998

Strong Drunk Driving Measure Dumped by Congressional Conferres

Safety Advocates Urge President to Veto Highway Bill

The proposed deal on .08 blood alcohol content is a life-threatening scheme that will not work and will result in the unnecessary deaths of thousands of Americans over the years. If Congress can establish a minimum drinking age of 21, which was supported by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, it can and should establish .08 blood alcohol content as the national standard.

This dangerous incentives scheme benefits drunk drivers and should be vetoed by the president. While Congressman Shuster and Anne Eppard have fought drunk driving provisions from the beginning and prevented a vote on the measure on the House vote, the beer and hospitality industries have paid millions of dollars to get their way at the expense of the American public.