ARLINGTON, Va., June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org), a national not-for-profit organization that leads the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by America's leading distillers, issued the following statement from the organization's president and CEO, Ralph Blackman, today in response to the Supreme Court decision on Birchfield v. North Dakota:
"Today's decision is a roadblock to fighting drunk and drugged driving. BAC test results are often the most important piece of evidence in a DUI trial. Striking down criminal penalties for test refusal will result in more refusals, more plea bargains and tougher cases for prosecutors. States should implement 'No Refusal' type programs which quickly secure warrants for blood tests and compel BAC results. These programs are in compliance with today's decision and prevent suspects from escaping consequences for drunk and drugged driving."
About the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) is a national not-for-profit that leads the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by the following distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Suntory Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Edrington; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; and Pernod Ricard USA. Recognizing 25 years of impact, Responsibility.org has transformed countless lives through programs that bring individuals, families and communities together to guide a lifetime of conversations around alcohol responsibility and offering proven strategies to stop impaired driving. To learn more, please visit us at www.responsibility.org.
Scott Hoeflich, 484-385-2907
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SOURCE Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility