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Study Suggests Lowering Legal Blood Alcohol Level to .05 in All States

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WASHINGTON — A new report suggests lowering the legal blood alcohol level nationwide from .08 to .05 in an effort to help curb impaired driving fatalities.

More than 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities occur each year in the U.S., according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report.

On average since 1982, one-third of all traffic fatalities are due to alcohol-impaired driving, and nearly 40 percent of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities are victims other than the drinking driver, the report says.

Blood alcohol content concentration depends on a number of factors, like the person’s weight, gender, and how recently they’ve eaten.

For example. a BAC limit of .05 could mean that a very thin person would be in violation of the law after just one drink.

The beverage and restaurant industries are reportedly strongly opposed to a lower BAC limit, with the American Beverage Institute saying that changing the law would be an attack on restaurants and hospitality and would target moderate responsible drinkers.

You can read more at this report sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration HERE.


  • Fredric

    Was this article was faxed to WNEP by the MARIJUANA GROWERS OF AMERICA?

    This is merely prohibition on stupidity juice. You could be drunk coming down the aisle after Communion.

    WORSE, diabetes can kick off a Blood Alcohol Level this high without notice. Cops routinely make that “mistake ” and the victim didn’t consume alcohol.

  • Ed

    Wouldn’t surprise me if the Christian pansies were behind this. I say is because A) they’ve done it before and B) they’re constantly interfering with current events. I believe if they’re so dead set on being involved in current events they should be taxed. If they refuse then they should keep their mouths shut!

  • Shagtastique

    100% agree, and in addition, they should increase penalties. There is absolutely zero excuse for driving impaired.

    • Im here for you my friends

      i drive better after drinking than all these people driving with their cell phones in their face. i pay more attention to speed, other vehicles, and road conditions after drinking. i see people that are supposedly sober driving completely into the other lane and then have to whip it back over before a head on collision because they had to check their facebook or twitter feed. lets be honest, all this will do is allow police to give out more fines and to keep themselves and the judicial system going with more money rolling in.

  • warningfakenews

    Exactly right, this is all about the thousands of dollars to be had before the driverless car market steals away the government money and graft.

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