DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL APPLAUDS DELAWARE BILL LOWERING LEGAL BAC LIMIT FOR BOAT OPERATORS
WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council today applauded the introduction of legislation in Delaware that would lower the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for those operating a boat from .10 to .08 HB 328, introduced recently by Representative Bobby Outten, would bring the state’s legal BAC limit for boating in line with the state’s current .08 BAC level for motor vehicles, which became law in July 2004. “Standardizing the legal BAC limit for driving a car and operating a boat is sound public policy for waterways and roadways throughout Delaware,” said Distilled Spirits Council President Peter Cressy, whose organization has lobbied in the states for comprehensive drunk driving laws including .08. “As a society, we do not tolerate drunk drivers on our roads. We should accept no less on our waterways.” According to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, 32 states have adopted a .08 legal BAC limit for operating a boat under the influence of alcohol. Cressy stated that the distilled spirits industry has a long history of working with communities and local coalitions to combat drunk driving. He also pointed to the work of The Century Council, a not-for-profit organization funded by America’s leading distillers, which has programs available for communities to reduce drunk driving. For more information regarding these programs, visit www.centurycouncil.org.