Responsibility.org works at the state and Federal level to support effective policies regarding impaired driving, underage drinking, and teen driver safety. We work with coalition partners to pass effective legislation in the states and in the United States Congress. We work with Federal and State agencies to ensure effective implementation of legislation. We serve as a resource to traffic safety advocates and policymakers. We believe strongly in the power of collaboration and we welcome partnerships with other organizations and advocates. For more information on our public policy efforts, please contact [email protected].
Proven Strategies to Stop Impaired Driving:
We support the following countermeasures to eliminate drunk driving and impaired driving:
- Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS)
- Drug-impaired driving (DUID) countermeasures
- A national legal limit of .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and other comprehensive efforts such as BAC education and public awareness efforts
- High visibility enforcement efforts
- BAC test refusal penalties and No Refusal programs
- Open container laws
- Plea bargaining restrictions
- Administrative license suspension (ALS) / administrative license revocation (ALR)
- Enhanced penalties for high-BAC offenders (.15 and above)
- DUI child endangerment laws
- Intensive monitoring and stricter penalties, treatment, and aftercare for hardcore drunk drivers such as:
- Mandatory ignition interlock devices for all convicted DUI offenders
- Comprehensive alcohol, drug, and mental health screening and assessment for all DUI offenders
- Education for practitioners including judges, prosecutors, probation/parole, law enforcement officers, and law school students
Strategies to Eliminate Underage Drinking:
We support the following countermeasures to eliminate underage drinking and youth access to alcohol and to increase teen driver safety:
- A minimum legal drinking age law of 21 years of age and laws that enforce it, including penalties (mandatory fines, community service, license suspension) for illegal possession, consumption, purchase, and attempts to purchase alcohol by people under 21.
- Penalties for underage persons who use, manufacture, and/or possess fraudulent identification for the purpose of procuring alcohol.
- Graduated penalties for repeat underage drinking offenses.
- Youth assessment and brief interventions for underage drinkers and their parents at the time of an underage alcohol policy violation resulting in arrest or an alcohol-related injury to rule out or identify/treat a developing alcohol abuse or dependence problem.
- Laws that require parental involvement in the intervention when their child has been convicted of an underage alcohol violation.
- Good Samaritan laws that grant limited immunity to people under 21 seeking emergency medical assistance on behalf of another person due to alcohol over-consumption.
- Social host laws that prohibit adults from knowingly providing and/or serving alcohol to people under 21. For adults who knowingly provide alcohol to people under 21 years of age, we support driver’s license suspension penalties, mandatory community service, mandatory fines dedicated to underage drinking prevention, and graduated penalties for repeat offenses.
- Responsible retailing practices that ensure the legal sale of alcohol. Comprehensive efforts should include regular retailer training, mandatory remedial training for non-compliant employees, effectively publicized point of sale campaigns, and enforcement efforts.
- Teen driver safety laws, including zero tolerance for drinking alcohol and driving under the age of 21, primary safety belt requirements, graduated driver licensing systems, and a ban for novice teen drivers on texting and cell phone use.