Distillers Support North Carolina Bill Revoking Driver’s Licenses of Those Who Illegally Provide Alcohol to Minors

Raleigh, NC – The Distilled Spirits Council provided testimony today to the North Carolina House Transportation Committee in support of a bill that would revoke the driver’s license of any person convicted of giving alcohol to, or aiding the purchase of alcohol by, an underage person.

“The distilled spirits industry fully supports this important legislation,” said Council Vice President David Wojnar, whose organization has supported similar legislation in many other states.  “Representative Harrell has introduced a tough bill that will serve as an effective deterrent to anyone who knowingly provides alcohol to those under the legal purchase age.”

H.B. 1277, sponsored by Representative Ty Harrell, will revoke the driver’s license for a period of one year of anyone convicted of knowingly giving, purchasing, or procuring alcoholic beverages to or for a minor.  The bill would take effect December 1, 2007.

“Studies show most youth who drink obtain alcohol primarily through non-commercial sources such as parents, family, friends and other adults over 21,” said Wojnar, pointing to research from the National Academy of Sciences, the Federal Trade Commission and other institutions.  “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.”

Wojnar 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 www.centurycouncil.org.