Diageo Praises Rhode Island Lawmakers Working to Protect Children from Drunk
or Drugged Drivers
Senate Passes Tough New DUI Penalties; Bill Moves to House
NORWALK, Conn., April 9, 2013
NORWALK, Conn., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Diageo, the world's leading
spirits, wine and beer company and industry leader in promoting responsible
drinking, applauds the Rhode Island Senate for passing legislation to stiffen
penalties for adults who drive under the influence with a child in the car.
The bill will now move to the House of Representatives and Diageo encourages
the House to pass it.
Currently in Rhode Island, the maximum sentence for those convicted of DUI
with a child under 13 in the car is one year in prison. Senate bill 2013-S
592, sponsored by Senator Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence), would
make the crime a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Convicted
adults would also face a fine of up to $5,000 and a potential additional
"highway assessment" fine of up to $500, have their license suspended for up
to two years and be required to attend a course for DUI offenders and an
alcohol or drug education or treatment program. Furthermore, the driver's
license would be suspended immediately until after the case is decided.
"Passing this bill is an important step in Rhode Island's fight against
driving under the influence, and we applaud Senator Goodwin and her supporters
for their efforts," said Dwayne Kratt, Senior Director of State Government
Relations, Diageo North America. "Across the country, DUI-related deaths have
gone down significantly over the past several years. But even one death is too
many, and this proposal will make drivers think twice before putting children
at risk after they've been drinking or taking drugs."
Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) is sponsoring similar
legislation (2013-H 5666) in the House of Representatives. A vote is
anticipated on this bill later this session.
Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business with an
outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and
wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Windsor,
Buchanan's and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketel One vodkas,
Baileys, Captain Morgan, Jose Cuervo, Tanqueray, Guinness, Beaulieu Vineyard
and Sterling Vineyards Wines.
Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries
around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange
(DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo,
its people, brands, and performance, visit us at Diageo.com. For our global
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