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Tuesday, March 27 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
How New .05 Laws will Hurt Your Business

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A new threat has emerged for the restaurant and hospitality industries. After the National Transportation Safety Board began pitching the idea in 2013, Utah became the first state to lower the blood-alcohol arrest level for driving from .08 to .05 last year. These .05 laws would define many of your, what would previously be considered responsible, patrons as legally drunk and subject them to all the punishments and penalties associated with a DUI conviction. Understandably, the risk of being convicted over consuming relatively little alcohol would prompt potential customers to refrain from purchases or stay home altogether.

Utah is only the first domino to fall — other state legislatures will surely attempt to pass similar .05 statutes. We need to go on the offensive against .05 now in order to save your business and the industry from irreparable harm.  

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Sarah Longwell

Managing Director, American Beverage Institute
Sarah Longwell is the Managing Director of the American Beverage Institute (ABI), a Washington D.C. restaurant trade association that protects the on-premise dining experience and defends the right to drink moderately and responsibly prior to driving. ABI opposes sobriety checkpoints... Read More →

Tuesday March 27, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
Room S116