Satan’s Cheerleaders

by The Discovering Alcoholic on June 29, 2008

Hat Tip and thanks to TDA reader AnnaZ for the heads up on this one!
Sarah Longwell is the managing director of the American Beverage Institute (ABI) in Washington, D.C. The ABI is an association of restaurants that just happen to make the majority of their profits not from food, but alcohol sales. So this puts her in the unenviable position of having to defend those that drink and drive to and from these particular profit centers.

I had dubbed her with the admittedly hyperbolic tag of Hitler’s cheerleader in past posts, but after reading her last rant about how the dangers of intoxicated driving are overblown I decided to promote her to one of Satan’s cheerleaders.

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Mrs. Long seems to think that the statistics for drinking and driving have been “grossly exaggerated” by activist groups. She states that just because alcohol was involved in an accident, this does not mean it was the cause. She also says that lowering BAC limits have done little to improve the situation and that sobriety checks are unconstitutional.

I know that she has to try, but there is overwhelming evidence that she is just plain wrong. Also stating that these activists groups should go after “chronic drunk drivers” instead of just your casual inebriated driver, apparently she has conveniently forgot that her group ran an idiotic campaign against ignition interlocks that have been proposed to combat this very issue.

The ABI is not interested in facts or the rights of citizens, they are interested only in making sure that the bar remains open and the money continues to pour in. Yeah, calling the group Satan’s cheerleaders may be a little over the top, but it’s difficult to be civil about a group that actually promotes driving under the influence!

In 2006, an estimated 17,602 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes—an average of one every 30 minutes. These deaths constitute 41 percent of the 42,642 total traffic fatalities. Of these, an estimated 13,470 involved a driver with an illegal BAC (.08 or greater). On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 39 minutes.~ MADD

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