Los Angeles One Step Closer to Alcohol Ad Ban on Public Property
After hearing testimony from community members and experts on the link between alcohol advertising and youth consumption, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a motion on February 10 to ban alcohol ads on city owned and controlled property. The motion was brought forth by the Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property, a grassroots effort in Los Angeles. Kitty Dukakis, who supported a successful campaign to ban alcohol ads on the Boston transit system, also testified in favor of the ban. The motion will now be sent to the City Council for approval.
New Study: Drinking and Driving Unsafe at Any Level
Adding to mounting evidence that driving with a blood alcohol level (BAC) under .08 is unsafe, a new study of over 570,000 fatal collisions from researchers at the University of California, San Diego has found that drivers with a BAC of .01 to .07, are 46% more likely than sober drivers to be held solely responsible for collisions, concluding that there is no safe combination of drinking and driving. In 2013 the National Transportation Safety Board noted that 31% of traffic deaths still involve alcohol-impaired drivers, recommending that states adopt a per se legal limit of .05 along with other prevention policies to reduce traffic deaths. Alcohol Justice supports state efforts to lower the BAC limit to .05.
REEL Recovery Film Festival, San Francisco Bay Area: April 24-27, 2014