Assembly Unanimously Approves Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Bill to Curb Drunk Driving

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, May 31, 2017) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) today won the full Assembly’s overwhelming approval of her legislation aimed at curbing drunk driving in California. Assembly Bill 1221 was approved on a bipartisan vote of 56-0.

“We need to do everything we can to prevent drunk driving. This simple training program will instruct servers on how to spot when a customer has had too much alcohol to drink. Bars and restaurants should be making sure their customers aren’t putting others at risk.” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. 
 
AB 1221 directs the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control to develop a Responsible Beverage Service training module that servers would be required to complete before being able to serve alcohol to patrons. The training program will offer a comprehensive understanding of the effects of alcohol on the human body, relevant state laws on serving and consuming alcohol, and how to identify when a customer has had too much alcohol to drink. 
 
Approximately 140,000 Californians were arrested for driving under the influence last year. Over 29 percent of traffic deaths were caused by drivers with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit of .08 percent.

For more information on AB 1221, or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact John Vigna at (916) 319-2080 or (916) 212-0357.