Dec 14, 2021

ABC is Awarded a Grant to Increase Teen Driver Safety

The grant program will provide education about the dangers of alcohol impairment

Sacramento – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has announced it will administer a $284,000 grant to educate teenagers about safe driving, reduce underage drinking, and work to lower the number of Californians killed or injured in DUI crashes.

The grant was awarded to ABC by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Through this grant, ABC will work with a teen driver safety education group to expand a teen traffic safety program throughout California.

These educational efforts will bring awareness to youth about the consequences and impact of distracted driving, impaired driving, and underage drinking. There will also be a focus on the importance of wearing seat belts.

“Increasing awareness about operating vehicles safely, and the consequences of underage drinking, can help make our roads safer,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “We look forward to collaborating with our community partners to help educate California’s youth.”

ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws.

ABC off-sale licensees and their employees are encouraged to take ABC’s LEAD training online. The training classes are designed to help achieve higher compliance with alcoholic beverage laws. LEAD stands for Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs. The LEAD training program is separate from ABC’s Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Training Program that was created through Assembly Bill 1221 in 2017. That law mandates RBS training for all On-Sale premises ABC licensees that exercise on-sale privileges by August 31, 2022.

To learn more about ABC programs that help protect communities, prevent alcohol-related harm, and save lives, visit ABC’s website. ABC’s mission is to provide the highest level of service and public safety to the people of the State through licensing, education, and enforcement.

ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.


Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Public Information Office
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 419-2525

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