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Diageo Applauds Michigan Governor And Legislature For Continuing Commitment To Reduce Impaired Driving

NORWALK, Conn., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Diageo, the world's leading spirits, wine and beer company and industry leader in promoting responsible drinking, applauds the Michigan House, Senate and Governor for passing legislation to maintain .08 as the Blood Alcohol Content limit for drivers.  Governor Rick Snyder has signed House Bill 4093, sponsored by Andrea LaFontaine (R-32), and House Bill 4131, sponsored by Klint Kesto (R-39), that will help reduce impaired driving and protect public safety across Michigan.

House Bill 4093 maintains the legal blood alcohol content limit for drivers at .08 percent, preventing a sunset provision in the current law that would have allowed the limit to revert back to .10 percent in October.  House Bill 4131 sets out the sentencing guidelines for people who operate a vehicle above the .08 limit.  Both bills passed the House in March, passed the Senate in April, were signed by the Governor last Thursday, and take effect immediately.

"We applaud Governor Snyder, Representatives Kesto and LaFontaine and the Michigan legislature for acting to uphold this important safety measure in Michigan," said Toby Spangler, Senior Director of State Government Relations, Diageo North America.

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, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Windsor, Buchanan's and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Jose Cuervo, Tanqueray, Guinness, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards Wines.

Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 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 Diageo.com. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.

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