Peter H. Coors Testifies Before Colorado House Committee In Support of Tougher Drunk Driving Penalties

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Coors Brewing Company

    GOLDEN, Colo., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Peter H. Coors, chairman of
 Golden, Colo.-based Coors Brewing Company, testified this afternoon before the
 Colorado House Criminal Justice Committee in support of Senate Bill 168
 (SB168), which imposes greater penalties on highly intoxicated drivers and
 repeat drunk driving offenders.
     After commending Representative Kay Alexander and Senator Bob Hagedorn for
 authoring the proposed legislation, Coors urged members of the Committee to
 support passage of SB168 prior to the bill's consideration by the Colorado
 House of Representatives.
     "In addition to existing statutes relating to highly intoxicated drivers
 and repeat offenders, SB168 requires these offenders to identify and eliminate
 the root causes of their persistent drunk driving," Coors told the Committee.
 "The fight against alcohol abuse and drunk driving is one that's important to
 me both professionally and personally," Coors testified.  "Highly intoxicated,
 or 'high BAC,' drivers and repeat offenders are arguably the most dangerous
 drivers on our roads today.  They represent a disproportionately large percent
 of drunk drivers and are the most likely to be involved in a traffic fatality.
 I believe any act of overconsumption is reckless and irresponsible.  The
 penalties for drunk driving should be swift and severe.
     "Tackling this issue requires a comprehensive strategy of alcohol
 education, awareness programs and legislation like SB168.  For many years, my
 company has been joining forces with others who are also engaged in this
 fight.  We have supported legislation across the country that imposes greater
 penalties on those who drive with high levels of alcohol impairment and repeat
 offenders, in addition to measures designed to reduce underage drinking.
     "Coors Brewing Company wants drunk drivers off the road.  We don't have
 all the answers, but collectively, we can accomplish more than any one of us
 can achieve alone.  A good example of this is the unity demonstrated by the
 29 diverse entities that have come together to support SB168 -- a coalition
 representing law enforcement officials, the highway safety community,
 insurance groups, retailers, wholesalers, health care professionals, and
 groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in addition to representatives of
 the alcohol beverage industry.
     "I believe we should continue working together to end drunk driving in
 Colorado.  SB168 is designed to make our roads safer, and I encourage members
 of this Committee to support this legislation."
     Following testimony by Peter Coors and other supporters of the bill, the
 Committee voted unanimously to approve the legislation, paving the way for
 SB168 to be heard by the House Appropriations Committee.  The bill had been
 approved by the state Senate earlier in the current legislative session, which
 ends May 9.  If the bill is approved by the House and is signed into law by
 Colorado governor Bill Owens, SB168 would go into effect July 1, 2001.
 
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    GOLDEN, Colo., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Peter H. Coors, chairman of
 Golden, Colo.-based Coors Brewing Company, testified this afternoon before the
 Colorado House Criminal Justice Committee in support of Senate Bill 168
 (SB168), which imposes greater penalties on highly intoxicated drivers and
 repeat drunk driving offenders.
     After commending Representative Kay Alexander and Senator Bob Hagedorn for
 authoring the proposed legislation, Coors urged members of the Committee to
 support passage of SB168 prior to the bill's consideration by the Colorado
 House of Representatives.
     "In addition to existing statutes relating to highly intoxicated drivers
 and repeat offenders, SB168 requires these offenders to identify and eliminate
 the root causes of their persistent drunk driving," Coors told the Committee.
 "The fight against alcohol abuse and drunk driving is one that's important to
 me both professionally and personally," Coors testified.  "Highly intoxicated,
 or 'high BAC,' drivers and repeat offenders are arguably the most dangerous
 drivers on our roads today.  They represent a disproportionately large percent
 of drunk drivers and are the most likely to be involved in a traffic fatality.
 I believe any act of overconsumption is reckless and irresponsible.  The
 penalties for drunk driving should be swift and severe.
     "Tackling this issue requires a comprehensive strategy of alcohol
 education, awareness programs and legislation like SB168.  For many years, my
 company has been joining forces with others who are also engaged in this
 fight.  We have supported legislation across the country that imposes greater
 penalties on those who drive with high levels of alcohol impairment and repeat
 offenders, in addition to measures designed to reduce underage drinking.
     "Coors Brewing Company wants drunk drivers off the road.  We don't have
 all the answers, but collectively, we can accomplish more than any one of us
 can achieve alone.  A good example of this is the unity demonstrated by the
 29 diverse entities that have come together to support SB168 -- a coalition
 representing law enforcement officials, the highway safety community,
 insurance groups, retailers, wholesalers, health care professionals, and
 groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in addition to representatives of
 the alcohol beverage industry.
     "I believe we should continue working together to end drunk driving in
 Colorado.  SB168 is designed to make our roads safer, and I encourage members
 of this Committee to support this legislation."
     Following testimony by Peter Coors and other supporters of the bill, the
 Committee voted unanimously to approve the legislation, paving the way for
 SB168 to be heard by the House Appropriations Committee.  The bill had been
 approved by the state Senate earlier in the current legislative session, which
 ends May 9.  If the bill is approved by the House and is signed into law by
 Colorado governor Bill Owens, SB168 would go into effect July 1, 2001.
 
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