Feds Pushing States To Lower The Drunk Driving Threshold To 0.05 BAC

Having a glass of wine with dinner and thinking about driving? That might be a bit more of a gamble in the future, as the National Transportation Safety Board is lobbying states to reduce their thresholds for drunk driving from the national standard of 0.08 blood alcohol concentration to 0.05.

Members of the board presented their case this week in New England, reports WTKR.com, saying the new standard could help save lives.

“If you are impaired and behind the wheel, you should not be driving,” said an attorney with the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

With a BAC of 0.05, he says drivers are a danger to themselves and others on the road.

But a restaurant trade group says that could come to a single glass of wine at dinner for some, so lowering the threshold for a DUI could strike a blow into the heart of their business, a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Institute says.

“This would be devastating to the restaurant industry,” she said, “because it would preclude people from feeling comfortable having a single glass of wine with their dinner.”

One-drink limit: Feds pushing for lower DUI standards [WTKR.com]

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  1. Snarkapus says:

    “This would be devastating to the restaurant industry,”

    Yes, but it would be a boon to the lawyers and we all know who counts.

  2. limbo says:

    If you are serious about stopping people from driving after they have had a drink, then you need to come up with alternative ways for them to get home. Just telling them “oh, you went to the bar? You have to sleep on the street tonight” is not a sufficient answer.

    • furiousd says:

      Agreed, this report came out a while back http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2010/11/drugs_cause_most_harm and I’ve not yet seen anything done to address the real problem drug in America: alcohol. Previous attempts at prohibition were unsuccessful, but I think it’d be worth a look again. There are no benefits gained from alcohol which cannot more easily, cheaply, and safely be gained from other sources. Alcohol is pushed on people from so many angles with the patronizing statement “Please drink responsibly” and you’re seen as out of touch or just weird if you don’t drink. But step just slightly over the line and get a DUI, and you’re all but ostracized by your peers. Drinking has had far too much negative effect on society with no benefit, I hope that it will one day be eradicated from among us.