Thursday, 4/28, 7:30-8:30 pm, PBS INSIGHTS will host a panel of four to discuss impaired driving and .05:

  • Alex Otte, a victim/survivor and MADD’s National President (via Zoom from Washington, DC)
  • Richard Berman, Executive Director of the American Beverage Institute – ABI (via Zoom from Washington, DC)
  • Sara Haley, Attorney, State Public Defender’s Office
  • HPD Representative (name pending)
  • Moderator:  Olena Heu

The Panel will discuss issues and concerns related to legislating tougher DUI laws in Hawaii such as SB2096 which would have lowered the threshold for a blood alcohol concentration to .05 which would trigger an arrest for driving under the influence.  Have other states adopted this measure and have alcohol-related fatalities declined as well?  What is the impact for the hospitality industry and other stakeholders?  Are there other measures that should be considered to help reform Hawaii’s impaired driving laws?  What existing technological tools can also be utilized to help save lives?

FORMAT: INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII is a public affairs forum televised state-wide & streamed LIVE.  The program does not utilize a debate format and is structured as a conversation between the invited panelists and the moderator.  The idea is to have a free-flowing conversation on the issues related to a topic of interest featured each week.  Viewers are also invited to email, Facebook, Tweet, or call in their questions/comments to the panel. Oahu 808-462-5000; Neighbor Islands 1-800-238-4847 or email:  insights@pbshawaii.org (The contact info will be shown on the screen during the program.)

The INSIGHTS episode will be repeated on Sunday at 2 pm and is available on demand at pbshawaii.org after the first broadcast.  

This should be an interesting and informative discussion with MADD and HPD in support of .05 and the ABI and Public Defender’s Office opposing.

If you have any questions, please email Theresa.Paulette @madd.org or call 808-532-6233.