Recommendation to drop the legal limit from 0.08 to 0.05

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013  |  No Comments

The National Transportation Safety Board wants state legislatures to drop the measure from the current blood-alcohol level of 0.08 to 0.05.

The research clearly shows that drivers with a BAC of 0.05 are impaired and at a significantly greater risk of being involved in a crash where someone is killed or injured. Our goal is to get to zero deaths, because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable. They are crimes.” NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman

The NTSB has no authority to impose its recommendations. “NTSB’s action raises the visibility of drunk driving, and we will consider their recommendations,” said Jonathan Adkins of the Governors Highway Safety Association, while underscoring that the group continues to support the 0.08 level.

Advocates for the beer and liquor industry reacted negatively to the recommendation.

via The Washington Post, Ashley Halsey III

A version of this article appeared in print on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, on page A3 of The Washington Post with the headline: 0.05 urged as standard for drunken driving by Ashley Halsey III

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