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Senator Buford Champions Legislation to Hold Adults Accountable for Providing Alcohol to Minors

FRANKFORT, Ky., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Senator Tom Buford (R, Nicholasville, KY), announced new legislation today (SB 45) that will help combat underage drinking by holding adults responsible for illegally supplying alcohol to minors. The legislation creates additional penalties for providing alcohol to persons under the legal drinking age by suspending their driver's license.

In addition to Senator Buford, Sheriff John Aubrey of Jefferson County and Diageo, the world's leading distilled spirits, beer and wine company, support this legislation aimed at reducing underage drinking by deterring adults from providing alcohol to kids.

"The time has come for those of us who care to take responsibility by passing legislation that can save lives," said Senator Buford. "I applaud the industry for taking a stand that will cause our children to think before consuming these products before the legal drinking age is attained."

According to research on underage drinking, 65 percent of underage drinkers get their alcohol from family members and adult friends. The Century Council, a not-for-profit educational organization aimed at fighting drunk driving and preventing underage drinking revealed that only seven percent of youth report that they obtained alcohol from retailers who failed to check for identification (www.centurycouncil.org).

"This legislation will be a great tool for law enforcement in the State of Kentucky who are fighting every day to keep our streets -- and our children -- safe," said Sheriff Aubrey. "If this legislation saves just one life or prevents one underage person from sustaining a life-altering injury, then we can count this as a success."

"The New Year is a time for people to reinforce their commitment to fighting underage drinking," said Sonya Deen, Senior Director State Government Relations, Diageo North America. "As a company of families -- of brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers -- we believe protecting our children from the dangers associated with underage drinking is the responsibility of us all. That's why we are actively supporting initiatives across the country to keep our kids safe by keeping alcohol out of their hands."

SB 45 -- AN ACT relating to the unlawful purchase or possession of alcoholic beverages by underage persons -- declares additional penalties for a person under 21 years of age who is convicted of possession, purchase, or attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages by suspending the person's driver's license for three months and increases to a range of six months to one year for each subsequent offense. The same penalties apply to anyone convicted of knowingly providing alcohol to a minor. It would not apply to a parent or guardian of a minor who provides alcohol to his or her own child. The legislation is pending a hearing in the judiciary committee.

About Diageo

Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines, and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Jose Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.

Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 200 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at http://www.diageo.com/.

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Source: Diageo

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