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10/4/19  3:34 pm
Commenter: Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Proposed Amendments to 3VAC5-50-20

To Whom it May Concern,

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) supports the proposed amendment to 3VAC5-50-20 of the Regulations of the Virginia ABC Authority to authorize the use of approved biometric identity verification devices to validate age for alcohol sales.

MADD is committed to ensuring that any consumption of alcoholic beverages is safe and responsible, including ensuring that alcohol is not sold to anyone under the age of twenty-one (21). One of the biggest challenges, however, in preventing underage sales is the potential for human error in asking for and examining identification. The use of safe and secure automated processes, such as the biometric age verification processes offered by CLEAR, can help reduce such risks of error.

We support the passage of the regulatory amendment to better allow for safe, secure and more reliable methods to verify age for alcohol sales and ensure that alcohol is not sold to minors.

We urge you to adopt the proposed rule changes.

Thank you and best wishes,

J.T. Griffin

Chief Government Affairs Officer, MADD


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