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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "American Beverage Institute"

OVI Checkpoints Miss The Point Says ABI

The American Beverage Institute is an industry-sponsored advocacy group that has stood up to Mother Against Drunk Drivers and their campaing for government funded OVI checkpoints. The beverage group says that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) should back off from the roadblocks and instead support roving patrols to catch heavy drinkers. "By promoting sobriety checkpoints, MADD and NHTSA are ignoring the root cause of today's drunk driving problem - hard core alcohol abusers,'' ABI managing director Sarah Longwell said in a statement."Because they are highly visible by design and publicized in advance, roadblocks...

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First Time DUI Offenders Required To Install Breathalyzer

The Columbus Dispatch just published an article (see video above) about the first time DUI breathalyzer bill.  If "Annie's Law" is passed by the Ohio legislature, it will require first time offenders to put an in-car breathalyzer in their car before they will be allowed to drive.  People who are not yet convicted and presumably innocent until "proven" guilty will face yet another mandatory penalty.  The law now allows judges to order the ignition interlocks, but the House bill would make their use mandatory.  Under current law, only offenders convicted twice within six years must use the devices.  This is another example...

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MADD Fights For DADDS Technology Study In Senate Transportation Bill

In a great article in Politico, Kathryn Wolfe describes the fight brewing between MADD and the opponents of their latest prohibition technology - DADDS.  MADD has been working with major insurance companies and automobile manufacturers to get a passive alcohol system (called DADDS) as mandated equipment in every automobile in the world.  In 2008, at MADD’s urging, the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety entered into a $10 million agreement with the federal government to develop such a technology. This system would  search every driver (not just convicted DUI offenders) every single time they started their car.  This year, MADD's power as...

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ABI Hits MADD Over Beer Summit

Image via WikipediaIt’s not every day Mothers Against Drunk Driving is accused of acting like a radical fringe group, but today the American Beverage Institute did just that, calling MADD an “anti-alcohol group that has been hijacked by the modern day temperance movement.”  The offense? Opposing President Barack Obama’s so-called “beer summit” last week with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley. The head of Delaware’s MADD Chapter, Nancy Raynor, did tell local radio that she was concerned it would set a bad example for the ...

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Drunk Driving Checkpoints are Not Effective

Image by peterkellystudios via FlickrThe American Beverage Institute is an industry-sponsored advocacy group that has stood up to Mother Against Drunk Drivers and their campaing for roadside checkpoints. The beverage group says that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) should back off from the roadblocks and instead support roving patrols to catch heavy drinkers. "By promoting sobriety checkpoints, MADD and NHTSA are ignoring the root cause of today's drunk driving problem - hard core alcohol abusers,'' ABI managing director Sarah Longwell said in a statement."Because they are highly visible by design and publicized in advance,...

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