Attorney General Fox Recognized with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s 2014 Leadership Award

Attorney General Fox Recognized with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s 2014 Leadership Award

Today, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org), a national not-for-profit that leads the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking, is recognizing Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, who has shown an outstanding commitment to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking in Montana.

Attorney General Fox has made it a priority to prevent underage drinking through numerous efforts including public service announcements, the Ask, Listen, Learn Program, and public awareness efforts during Alcohol Awareness Month and back to school timeframes. He has also focused on the broader issue of teen driver safety with the IKnowEverything program during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month and National Teen Driver Safety Week.

Additionally, Attorney General Fox has worked diligently to make Montana’s streets and highways safer by making sure the state’s DUI laws are effective. In the 2013 Legislative session, Attorney General Fox introduced two important DUI bills: HB 355 (Rep. Christy Clark, R-Choteau), which allows a judge to go back further in a repeat DUI offender’s record to deliver stiffer penalties and get them into successful treatment programs; and, because marijuana is a growing factor in traffic accidents and roadway deaths, Attorney General Fox advanced HB 168 (Rep. Doc Moore, R-Missoula), which established a THC impairment standard for all drivers. In the 2015 session, Attorney General Fox will advocate to give law enforcement the ability to get a warrant for a blood draw on first-time DUIs, and to strengthen penalties on Aggravated DUI charges.

“Recently, 13% of Montana’s high school students reported they had driven a car after they’d been drinking,” Attorney General Fox said. “I want every Montana teen to be safe on the road, and that starts with them understanding that drinking underage is illegal and presents too many risks, especially when they get behind the wheel. I hope all parents will talk to their kids about the dangers of drinking underage, especially now that the holiday season is approaching.”

Montana Highway Patrol’s Colonel Tom Butler said, “Montana’s highways have seen far too many fatalities due to young people drinking and driving. I speak for all Troopers when I say we appreciate Attorney General Fox’s leadership in strengthening our DUI related laws and reminding new drivers how they can avoid needless tragedies by making the smart choice to not drink and drive.”

“Attorney General Fox has been a tireless advocate for the people in Montana,” said Ralph Blackman, president and CEO of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. “We can’t thank the Attorney General enough for his dedication and leadership to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking by sending a clear and consistent message that it is illegal and will not be tolerated. We look forward to continuing to work to save lives in the future with Attorney General Fox.”

About the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility:
Formerly known as The Century Council, 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; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; and Pernod Ricard USA. For more than 23 years, Responsibility.org has transformed countless lives through programs that bring individuals, families and communities together to guide a lifetime of conversations around alcohol responsibility. To learn more, visit www.responsibility.org.

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