Experts suggest lowering .08 drunk driving limit

Experts suggest lowering .08 drunk driving limit

Experts suggest lowering .08 drunk driving limit

All states should lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reported.

"We're not anti-drinking - we're just anti-drinking and driving". The amount of alcohol required to reach 0.05 would depend on several factors, including the person's size and whether the person has recently eaten. Reaction to the recommendation is mixed. Since 1982, drunk driving has caused one-third of all traffic deaths on average, the report authors said. "I think that's responsible", said Carla Commagere, a Laguna Beach resident.

Since the 1980s, drunk driving has accounted for one-third of all traffic-related deaths and nearly 40 percent of these fatalities are victims other than the intoxicated driver.

"We're talking about changing human behavior here and perception". Burbank resident John T. Woods supports the idea. Strong evidence shows higher alcohol taxes reduce binge drinking and related driving crashes, but alcohol taxes have declined when adjusted for inflation. Forty-percent of those killed are not the drunken driver.

Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities examines which interventions (programs, systems, and policies) are most promising to prevent injuries and death from alcohol-impaired driving, the barriers to action and approaches to overcome them, and which interventions need to be changed or adopted.

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-States and the federal government should increase alcohol taxes significantly.

The report, released January 17, also calls for stronger measures to prevent illegal alcohol sales to people under 21 and to already-drunk adults.

The study estimates that if all states in the country were to effectively implement a 0.05 BAC limit, around 500 to 800 lives would be spared from impaired-driving fatal crashes.

While progress has been made in recent decades, more than 10,000 drunk driving deaths still occur each year in the United States. The safety board has also recommended the 0.05 threshold.

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