MADD prioritizes TEA-21 reauthorization.
Jeff Becker, president of the Beer Institute, said that the beer industry could agree with MADD on issues like locking up hard-core repeat drunk drivers, but said that "brewers part company with MADD on the idea that excise taxes on beer have any role at all in the fight against drunk driving."
Becker said that studies show that increased taxes have little impact on alcohol abusers. "We wouldn't propose mailing a speeding ticket to all licensed drivers just because a minority of drivers speed," Becker said. "It makes as little sense to impose an economic penalty on all beer consumers because a small minority abuses alcohol."
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|Title Annotation:||Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Transportation Equity Act for the Twenty-First Century of 1998|
|Publication:||Modern Brewery Age|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jun 24, 2002|
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