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February 22, 2006 07:00 PM
FRANKFORT, KY – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) submitted testimony today to the House Transportation Committee in support of a bill that would revoke the driver's license of a minor convicted of possessing, purchasing, or attempting to purchase alcohol and an adult convicted of knowingly purchasing for or providing alcohol to a minor. “The distilled spirits industry fully supports this important legislation,” said DISCUS President Peter Cressy whose organization represents leading distilled spirits companies and their brands in the United States including Kentucky-based Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Brown-Forman, Woodford Reserve, Bulleit Distillery, Barton Brands Bardstown Distillery and Wild Turkey. “This legislation will serve as an effective deterrent to both underage drinkers and adults who knowingly provide alcohol to those under the legal purchase age.” H.B. 491, sponsored by Representative Dennis Horlander, provides for driver’s license revocation for a person under the age of 21 convicted of possession, purchase, or attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages; and for adults convicted of knowingly selling, giving, purchasing, or procuring alcoholic beverages to or for a minor. Under the bill, the period of revocation will be six months for a first offense, one year for a second offense and two years for a third or subsequent offense. “Most youth who drink obtain alcohol primarily through non-commercial sources such as parents, family, friends and other adults over 21,” said Cressy pointing to research from the National Academy of Sciences, the Federal Trade Commission and the American Medical Association. “Laws that crack down on adults who illegally provide alcohol to minors are important tools states can use to reduce underage drinking in their communities.” Cressy noted that the distilled spirits industry has a long history of working with communities nationwide to combat underage drinking and drunk driving. He cited as examples the work of The Century Council, a not-for-profit organization funded by America’s leading distillers, which has programs available for communities and parents to reduce underage drinking and drunk driving. For more information regarding these programs, visit Distilled Spirits Council members include Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., Barton Incorporated, Brown-Forman Corporation, Cruzan International, Inc., Diageo, Future Brands LLC, Luxco, Inc., McCormick Distilling Co., Inc., Moet Hennessy USA, Pernod Ricard USA, Remy Cointreau USA, Inc., Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc., and Suntory International Corp. CONTACT: Public Affairs Telephone: 202-682-8840 SCROLLER Publication Name: Publication Author:


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