According to NBC News, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently announced the decision to recommend that each state lower the illegal blood-alcohol content level (BAC) for drivers from .08 to .05. The NTSB supported the decision by citing studies that show that a .05 BAC level can cause drivers to have trouble with depth perception and visual capabilities, which could easily lead to a vehicle collision.
The recommendation has stirred debate in regards to whether or not lowering the BAC level will reduce the number of drunk driving accidents that occur each year in the United States.
Both the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) and the advocacy group Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) have come out in support of the proposed change in the hope that strict DUI laws will dissuade more drivers from getting behind the wheel after drinking.
Opponents, however, such as Sarah Longwell, the managing director of American Beverage Institute, say that lowering the legal BAC threshold will do nothing to stop “hardcore drunks” from driving under the influence.
Whether or not the recommended BAC limit becomes a law will be decided by Congress and state legislatures, which, according to Jonathan Adkins, the spokesperson for the GHSA, could be extremely difficult considering it took 21 years for each state to change the illegal BAC levels from .10 to .08.
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