States Pressured To Lower Limit For Driving After Drinking

A transportation safety group wants less people drinking while behind the wheel of a vehicle. The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that states pass laws to lower the blood-alcohol level that constitutes drunk driving to a blood-alcohol level of .05 percent. The current legal level of 0.08 percent, which is the same in every state. If you’re caught drunk driving, the consequences are steep.

Pottsille Police Chief Steve Durkin stopped his fair share of drunk drivers. But he says lowering the legal blood-alcohol level will present police with some challenges

Thirty percent of all driving fatalities are linked to drunk driving. But some say that because enforcing drunk driving is a consequence only after people are behind the wheel, the new proposal wouldn’t do much to save lives.

Most industrialized countries have set levels at .05. But if that were to happen in America, it could take decades to implement.

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