The National Transportation Safety Board said that if the legal limit on drunken driving would be lowered this would save hundreds of lives each year.
The current limit of blood-alcohol content is 0.08% and the National Transportation Safety Board says this should be lowered to 0.05%. The NTSB has already approved this proposal, but it still needs the Congress and states’ votes.
“Impaired driving remains one of the biggest killers in the United States,” said NTSB Chairwoman Debbie Hersman. “We must ask ourselves what more can be done.”
The agency is aware that it would take years until a change will be made, taking into consideration that it took 20 years to lower the limit from 0.10% to 0.08%. The Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Governors Highway Safety Association already said that the will not endorse this proposal.
“We don’t expect any state to adopt .05 at this point,” said Jonathan Adkins, a spokesman for the governors’ group. “We don’t hear any sense of a groundswell of support. Getting from .10 to .08 was very difficult, so we don’t think the state legislatures will want to reopen this.”
MADD said that it will choose instead to focus on getting all cars to have passive alcohol detection devices aimed at preventing drunk people from driving. The American Beverage Institute called the proposal ‘ludicrous’ and said that this will not prevent hardcore drunk people from driving.
Source: The Detroit News