Action Alert:
.08 Goes to Conference Committee

The Department of Transportation Appropriations Bill that passed the Senate (99-0) with a federal .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) sanctions provision is now headed to a House-Senate conference committee. The language used in the House bill was not as strong on this issue. The committee will debate whether to make .08 BAC the national standard for drunk driving.

Senate (S. 2720) - Sec. 342. Includes a provision that requires States to adopt a .08 blood alcohol content law. It outlines highway funding sanctions beginning in fiscal year 2004 for states that are not in compliance.

House (H.R. 4475) - Sec. 163. Authorized, in addition to the alcohol-impaired driving incentive grant program, $5 million in grants over six years for states that have enacted and are enforcing .08 BAC laws.

The U.S. Congress will be in recess July 1-9, so many Members of Congress will be in their home districts during this time period. What you can do:

  • If your representative and/or Senator is a member of the Transportation Conference Committee (see list below) call or write, asking him/her to support the Senate language on .08 BAC in the conference;
  • Schedule visits in the home districts of your Senator or Congressman;
  • Attend public forums during the Congressional recess. Ask questions. Even if your Representative/Senator is not on the conference committee, ask him or her to encourage conferees to make .08 BAC the national standard for drunk driving.


Key .08 BAC Talking Points

  • The conference committee members have an opportunity to establish a national standard for drunk driving. A vote for the sanctions provision in the Senate bill is a vote to save lives!
  • The .08 BAC provisions contained within the Senate Department of Transportation bill mirror the same approach taken by President Reagan in 1984, when the Congress and Reagan established age 21 as the national minimum alcohol purchase age. In 1998, alone, an estimated 861 lives were saved by minimum drinking age laws (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1999).


Additional Talking Points

  • In 1998, 38% of all motor vehicle-related fatalities involved alcohol. This translates to 15,935 alcohol-related deaths, or an average of one death every thirty minutes (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1999).
  • If all states lowered their BAC limits to .08, alcohol-related highway deaths would decrease by 500-600 per year (Hingson et al. Lowering State Legal Blood Alcohol Limits to 0.08%: The Effect on Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes. American Journal of Public Health, September 1996).
  • BACs of .10 and above were involved in an estimated 2,570,000 crashes that killed 13,466 and injured 762,000 people in 1996. BAC’s between .08-.09 were involved in an estimated 40,000 crashes that killed 1,067 and injured 34,000 people that same year (Jensen et al. Impaired Driving in the United States: State Fact Sheets. Public Services Research Institute, 1999).
  • In 1996, crash costs in the United States averaged $5.80 per mile driven at BACs of .10 and above, $2.50 per mile driven at BACs between .08-.09, and $0.10 per mile driven at BACs of .00 (Jensen et al. Impaired Driving in the United States: State Fact Sheets. Public Services Research Institute, 1999).
  • Almost a quarter of first-year medical costs for persons hospitalized as a result of a crash are paid by tax dollars, about two-thirds through Medicaid and one-third through Medicare (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Setting Limits, Saving Lives: The Case for .08 BAC Laws. 1999).
  • Alcohol-related crashes cost society over $45 billion every year. Just one alcohol-related fatality is estimated to cost society about $950,000. Each alcohol-related injury averages around $20,000 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Setting Limits, Saving Lives: The Case for .08 BAC Laws. 1999).
  • As of September 1999, 17 states plus the District of Columbia set their per se limit at .08 BAC percent (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2000).
  • The relative risk of being killed as a driver in a single crash at .08 BAC was found to be 13 times that at .00 BAC for drivers aged 21 to 34. Each .02-percentage point increase in the BAC of a driver more than doubled the risk of receiving a fatal injury in a single vehicle crash among male drivers 16-20, and nearly doubled the comparable risk for other driver groups (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2000).
  • Reducing BAC limits from .10 percent to .08 percent is an effective method of saving lives (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2000).
  • All driving-related skills show impairment by .07 BAC, with the exception of simple reaction time and critical flicker fusion. In studies that only involved simulators (or on-road driving), divided attention, vigilance, and simulated piloting, 73 percent of the tests showed impairment by .039 BAC. Including tracking and wakefulness, 65 percent of the tests performed at BACs of .039 BAC and above showed impairment. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2000).
  • A review of BAC laws in other countries shows that Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom have limits of .08 or lower (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2000).

 

House Conference Committee Members

Representative

Contact Information

Position on .08 BAC Sanctions

Congressman Frank Wolf
(R-Virginia - 10th District)

Washington Office
241 Cannon Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4610
202-225-5136

Herndon Office
13873 Park Center Rd.
Suite 130
Herndon, VA 20171
703-709-5800 or
800-945-9653 in state

Winchester Office
110 North Cameron St.
Winchester, VA 22601
540-667-0990 or
800-850-3463 in state

Supports, but may be under pressure from House Leadership to oppose this issue.

Congressman Tom Delay
(R-Texas - 22nd District

Washington Office
341 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5951
FAX: (202) 225-5241

Stafford Office
10701 Corporate Drive, Suite 118
Stafford, Texas 77477
Phone: (281) 240-3700
(800) 759-5748 - Toll-free in area code 409 FAX: (281) 240-2959

Opposes

Congressman Ralph Regula
(R-Ohio - 16th District)

Washington Office
2309 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone (202) 225-3876
Fax (202) 225-3059

Canton Office
4150 Belden Village Street, NW Suite 408 Canton, OH 44718-2553
Phone (330) 489-4414
Phone (800) 826-9015 (in Ohio)
Fax  (330) 489-4448

Unknown

Congressman Harold Rogers (R-Kentucky - 5th District)

Washington Office
2470 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
Phone (202) 225-4601
Fax (202) 225-0940

Hazard Office
601 Main Street
Hazard, KY 41701
Phone (606) 439-0794
Fax (606) 439-4647

Pikeville Office
806 Hambley Boulevard
Pikeville, KY 41501
Phone (606) 432-4388
Fax (606) 432-4262

Somerset Office
551 Clifty Street
Somerset, KY 42501
Phone (606) 679-8346
Toll Free (800) 632-8588
Fax (606) 678-4856

Unknown

Congressman Ron Packard (R-California - 48th District)

Washington Office
2372 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515-0548
Phone (202) 225-3906
Fax (202) 225-0134

San Clemente Office
629 Camino de Los Mares Suite 204
San Clemente, CA 92673
Phone (949) 496-2343
Fax (949) 496-2988

Unknown

Congressman Sonny Callahan (R-Alabama - 1st District)

Washington Office
2466 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515-0101
Phone (202) 225-4931
Fax (202) 225-0562

Mobile Office
1141 Montlimar Drive, Suite 3010
Mobile, AL 36609
Phone (334) 690-2811
Toll Free 1-800-288-USA1
Fax (334) 342-0404

Unknown

Congressman Todd Tiahrt
(R-Kansas - 4th District)

Washington Office
428 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6216
Fax: (202) 225-3489

Wichita Office
155 North Market, Suite 400
Wichita, Kansas 67202
Phone (316) 262-8992
Fax: (316) 262-5309

Unknown

Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama - 4th District)

Washington Office
1007 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
(202)225-4876

Jasper District Office
247 Federal Building
1710 Alabama Avenue
Jasper, Alabama 35501
(205)221-2310

Cullman District Office
104 Federal Building
301 First Street, Northeast
Cullman, Alabama 35055
(256)734-6043

Gadsden District Office
107 Federal Building
600 Broad Street
Gadsden, Alabama 35901
(256)546-0201

Unknown

Congresswomen Kay Granger
(R-Texas - 12th District)

Washington Office
435 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515-4312
Phone: (202) 225-5071
Fax: (202) 225-5683

Fort Worth Office
1600 West Seventh Street, Suite 740
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 338-0909
Fax: (817) 335-5852

Unknown

Congressman Martin Olav Sabo (D-Minnesota - 5th District)

Washington Office
2336 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4755.

Minneapolis Office
Commerce at the Crossings, #286
250 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 664-8000

Unknown - (Ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation).

Congressman John Olver (D-Massachusetts - 1st District)

Washington Office
1027 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-5335
Fax: 202-226-1224

Holyoke Office
57 Suffolk Street Suite 310
Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: 413-532-7010
Fax: 413-532-6543

Pittsfield Office
78 Center Street
Pittsfield, MA 01202
Phone: 413-442-0946
Fax: 413-443-2792

Fitchburg Office
463 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone: 978-342-8722
Fax: 978-343-8156

Supports

Congressman Ed Pastor
(D-Arizona - 2nd District)

Washington Office
2465 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-4065

Phoenix Office
411 N. Central Avenue Suite 150
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(602) 256-0551

Tucson Office
2432 East Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 624-9986

Yuma Office
281 W. 24th Street Suite 118
Yuma, AZ 85364
(520) 726-2234

Unknown

Congresswomen Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Michigan - 15th District)

Washington Office
503 Cannon House Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Tel: (202) 225-2261
Fax: (202) 225-5730

Detroit Office
1274 Library Suite 1-B
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Tel: (313) 965-9004
Fax (313) 965-9006

Unknown

Congressman Jose Serrano
(D-New York - 16th District)

Washington Office
2342 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515-3216
(202) 225-4361

Bronx Office
890 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 538-5400

Co-sponsor of .08 BAC in 1998. Current position is unknown.

Email: Write Your Representative at http://www.house.gov/writerep/


Senate Conference Committee Members

Senator

Contact Information

Position on .08 BAC Sanctions

Senator Richard Shelby
(R-Alabama)

Washington Office
110 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-5744
Fax: (202) 224-3416
Senator@shelby.senate.gov

Montgomery Office
15 Lee Street
B-28 Federal Courthouse
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Telephone: (334) 223-7303
Fax: (334) 223-7317

Mobile Office
113 St. Joseph Street
308 Federal Courthouse
Mobile, Alabama 36602
Telephone: (334) 694-4164
Fax: (334) 694-4166

Tuscaloosa Office
1118 Greensboro Avenue Room 240
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
Telephone: (205) 759-5047
Fax: (205) 759-5067

Birmingham Office
1800 5th Avenue North
321 Federal Building
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Telephone: (205) 731-1384
Fax: (205) 731-1386

Huntsville Office
Huntsville International Airport
1000 Glenn Hearn Boulevard
Box 20127
Huntsville, Alabama 35284
Telephone: (205) 772-0460
Fax: (205) 772-8387

Supported .08 BAC provision in 1998 and again in 2000 when he included .08 language in the Department of Transportation Appropriations Bill.

Senator Frank Lautenberg
(D-New Jersey)

Washington Office
506 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4744 frank_lautenberg@lautenberg.senate.gov

Barrington Office
208 White Horse Pike Suites 18-19 Barrington, NJ 08007-1322
Phone (609) 757-5353
Fax (609) 546-1526

Newark Office
One Newark Center, 14th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102-5257
Phone (973) 645-3030
Fax (973) 645-0502

Chief sponsor of the .08 BAC provision.

Senator Pete Domenici
(R-New Mexico)

Washington Office
328 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510-3101
Phone (202) 224-6621

Albuquerque Office
625 Silver Southwest, Suite 330
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone (505) 346-6791

Las Cruces Office
1065 South Main, Building D-13, Suite I Las Cruces, NM 88005
Phone (505) 526-5475

Roswell Office
140 Federal Building
Roswell, NM 88201
Phone (505) 623-6170

Santa Fe Office
120 South Federal Place, Suite 302
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 988-6511

Voted for .08 BAC provision in 1998. Believed to be supportive of .08 BAC provision this year.

Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvannia)

Washington Office
711 Hart Building
Washington DC 20510
Tel: 202-224-4254
fax: 202-228-1229 www.senate.gov/~specter/webform.htm

Philadelphia Office
600 Arch Street, Suite 9400
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tel: 215-597-7200

Pittsburgh Office
Suite 2031, Federal Building
Liberty Avenue and Grant Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tel: 412-644-3400

Harrisburg Office
Room 1159, Federal Building
228 Walnut Street Harrisburg, PA 17101 Tel: 717-782-3951

Erie Office
Room 107, Federal Building
6th and State Streets
Erie, PA 16501
Tel: 814-453-3010

Allentown Office
Room 102, Post Office Building
5th and Hamilton Streets
Allentown, PA 18101
Tel: 610-434-1444

Scranton Office
310 Spruce Street, 201
Scranton, PA 18503
Tel: 717-346-2006

Wilkes-Barre Office
Room 306, 116 South Main Street
South Main Towers
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Tel: 717-826-6265

Voted for .08 BAC provision in 1998. Believed to be supportive of .08 BAC provision this year.

Senator Kit Bond
(R-Missouri)

Washington Office
274 Russell Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202.224.5721 Email: kit_bond@bond.senate.gov

St. Louis Office
7700 Bonhomme, #615
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: 314.725.4484

Kansas City Office
Rivergate Business Center
600 Broadway, #400
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: 816.471.7141

Jefferson City Office
308 East High Street, #202
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573.634.2488

Springfield Office
318 Park Central East, #601
Springfield, MO 65806
Phone: 417.864.8258

Cape Girardeau Office
Federal Building, Room 140
339 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: 573.334.7044

Voted for .08 BAC provision in 1998. Current position is unknown.

Senator Slade Gorton (R-Washington)

Washington Office
730 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone (202) 224-3441
Fax (202) 224-9393
www.senate.gov/~gorton/webform.htm

Bellevue Office
10900 Northeast 4th Street Suite 2110 Bellevue, Washington 98004
Phone (425) 451-0103
Fax (425) 451-0234

Tacoma Office
11120 Gravelly Lake Drive SW,  Suite 8 Lakewood, Washington 98499
Phone (253) 581-1646
Fax (253) 581-0861

Spokane Office
697 United States Courthouse West
920 Riverside
Spokane, Washington 99201
Phone (509) 353-2507
Fax (509) 353-2547

Wenatchee Office
1523 Country Club Drive
East Wenatchee, Washington 98802 Phone/Fax (509) 884-3447

Yakima Office
402 East Yakima Avenue
Box 4083
Yakima, Washington 98901
Phone (509) 248-8084
Fax (509) 248-8167

Tri-Cities Office
8915 West Grandridge Boulevard, Suite M Kennewick, Washington 99336
Phone Phone (509) 783-0640
Fax (509) 735-7559

Vancouver Office
1340 Federal Office Building
500 West 12th Street
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Phone (360) 696-7838
Fax (360) 696-7844

Unknown

Senator Robert Bennett
(R-Utah)

Washington Office
431 Dirksen Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4403
(202) 224-5444 www.senate.gov/~bennett/e-mail_form.html

Salt Lake City Office
Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building
125 South State Street, Suite 4225
Salt Lake City, Utah 84138-1188
Phone: (801) 524-5933
Fax: (801) 524-5730

Ogden Office 324 25th Street, Suite 1410 Ogden, Utah 84401-2310
Phone: (801) 625-5676
Fax: (801) 625-5692

Provo Office
Old Courthouse Building
51 South University Avenue, Suite 310 Provo, Utah 84601-4424
Phone: (801) 379-2525
Fax: (801) 375-3432

St. George Office
Federal Building
196 East Tabernacle, Suite 24 St.
George, Utah 84770-3474
Phone: (801) 628-5514
Fax: (801) 624-4160

Opposes

Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado)

Washington Office
380 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202)224-5852
Fax: (202)224-1933

Colorado Springs Office
212 North Wahsatch Ave., #203
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719)636-9092
Fax: (719)636-9165

Englewood Office
6950 E. Belleview Ave., #200
Englewood, CO 80111
Phone: (303)843-4100
Fax: (303)843-4116

Ft. Collins Office
19 Old Town Square Suite 238, #42
Ft. Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970)224-1909
Fax: (970)224-1948

Grand Junction Office
Federal Building 400 Rood, Room 213 Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone: (970)241-6631
Fax: (970)241-8313

Pueblo Office
503 N. Main Street, Suite 648
Pueblo, CO 81003
Phone: (719)542-6987
Fax: (719)542-2515

Opposes

Senator Robert Bryd (D-West Virginia)

Washington Office
311 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone (202) 224-3954 Email: senator_byrd@byrd.senate.gov

Charleston Office
300 Virginia Street, East, Suite 2630
Charleston, West Virginia 25301-2523
Phone (304) 342-5855

Voted for .08 BAC provision in 1998. Believed to be supportive of .08 BAC provision this year.

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland)

Washington, Office
709 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2003
202-224-4654 (phone)
202-224-8858 (fax)
www.senate.gov/~mikulski/mailform.htm

Baltimore Office
World Trade Center
401 E. Pratt Street, Suite 253
Baltimore, MD 21202-3099
410-962-4510 (phone)
410-962-4760 (fax)
410-962-4512 (TDD)

Annapolis Office
60 West Street, Suite 202
Annapolis, MD 21401-2448
410-263-1805 (phone)
410-269-1650 (Balt. line)
410-263-5949 (fax)

Greenbelt Office
6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 406
Greenbelt, MD 20770-1407
301-345-5517 (phone)
301-345-7573 (fax)

Hagerstown Office
94 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740-4804
301-797-2826 (phone)
301-797-2241 (fax)

Salisbury Office
Suite 1E, Building B
1201 Pemberton Drive
Salisbury, MD 21801-2403
410-546-7711 (phone)
410-546-9324 (fax)

Voted for .08 BAC provision in 1998. Believed to be supportive of .08 BAC provision this year.

Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada)

Washington Office
528 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone 202-224-3542
Fax 202-224-7327
Email: senator_reid@reid.senate.gov

Las Vegas Office
Foley Federal Building 300
Las Vegas Boulevard South, Ste 1610
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone 702-474-0041
Fax 702-474-0137

Reno Office
Bruce R. Thompson Courthouse
and Federal Building
400 South Virginia Street, Suite 902
Reno, NV 89501
Phone 775-686-5750
Fax 775-686-5757

Carson City
600 East Williams Street, #302
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone 775-882-7343
Fax 775-883-1980

Opposes

Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington)

Washington Office
173 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2621
Fax: (202) 224-0238 Email: senator_murray@murray.senate.gov

Seattle Office
2988 Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98174
Phone: (206) 553-5545
Fax: (206) 553-0891

Yakima Office
402 E. Yakima Avenue, Suite 390
Yakima, Washington 98901
Phone: (509) 453-7462
Fax: (509) 453-7731

Spokane Office
601 West Main Avenue, Suite 1213 Spokane, Washington 99204
Phone: (509) 624-9515
Fax: (509) 624-9561

Vancouver Office
500 W. 12th Street 140 Federal Building Vancouver, Washington 98660 Phone: (360) 696-7797 Fax: (360) 696-7798

Everett Office 2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 903 Everett, Washington 98201 Phone: (425) 259-6515 Fax: (425) 259-7152

Voted for .08 BAC provision in 1998. Believed to be supportive of .08 BAC provision this year.

Senator Herb Kohl
(D-Wisconsin)

Washington Office
330 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Phone (202) 224-5653
Email: senator_kohl@kohl.senate.gov

Milwaukee Office
310 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 950 Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone (414) 297-4451

Madison Office
14 West Mifflin Street, Suite 207
Madison, WI 53703
Phone (608) 264-5538

Eau Claire Office
402 Graham Avenue, Suite 206
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Phone (715) 832-8424

Appleton Office
4321 West College Avenue, Suite 235 Appleton, WI 54914
Phone (920) 738-1640

LaCrosse Office
425 State Street, Suite 202
LaCrosse, WI 54601
Phone (608) 796-0045

Voted for .08 BAC provision in 1998. Believed to be supportive of .08 BAC provision this year.

Senator Ted Stevens
(R-Arkansas)

Washington Office
522 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Phone (202) 224-3004
Fax (202) 224-2354 www.senate.gov/~stevens/webform.htm

Anchorage Office
222 West 7th Avenue #2
Anchorage, AK 99513-7569
Phone (907) 271-5915
Fax (907) 258-9305

Fairbanks Office
Box 4 Federal Building, Room 206
101 12th Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone (907) 456-0261
Fax (907) 451-7290

Wasilla Office
851 East Westpoint Drive #307
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone (907) 376-7665
Fax (907) 376-8526

Kenai Office
130 Trading Bay Road, Suite 350
Kenai, AK 99611
Phone (907) 283-5808
Fax (907) 283-4363

Jueau Office
Box 20149
Federal Building, Room 971
Juneau, AK 99802
Phone (907) 586-7400
Fax (907) 586-8922

Ketchikan Office
109 Main Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone (907) 225-6880
Fax (907) 225-0390

Unknown

Posted 6/30/00