Statement by Chris Swonger, President & CEO, Responsibility.org and Distilled Spirits Council Celebrating New Life-Saving Law to Eliminate Impaired Driving
Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Signed into Law by President Biden Includes Critical Impaired Driving Prevention Measures
The distilled spirits industry, traffic safety advocates, and communities across America applaud President Biden for his Administration’s leadership and commitment to putting an end to impaired driving by signing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. Today’s bill signing truly has been decades in the making.
As total traffic deaths—including impaired driving fatalities—increased during the pandemic, critical traffic safety language included in the new law will help eradicate preventable impaired driving deaths, injuries, and crashes on our nation’s roads.
The law provides important new resources, long-sought among traffic safety advocates, to prevent impaired driving by installing innovative advanced prevention technology in new vehicles, estimated to save more than 9,000 lives each year.
States will also be better positioned to address impaired driving in all forms, including multiple-substance impaired driving—an emerging threat on our nation’s roads. Combining substances leads to a dangerous effect on driver impairment and can dramatically increase the risk of crashing.
While there is still much work to be done, today’s signing of this life-saving law takes a big step forward in eliminating impaired driving—once and for all.