Nobody supports drunk driving, and most people agree that something should
be done to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
What exactly that “something” is, however, remains the subject
of fierce debate. A possible solution, at least according to a tweet from
the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), would be to lower the
legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit.
The NTSB has proposed a nation-wide reduction in the legal BAC limit from
0.08% to 0.05% or even lower to deter people from driving while intoxicated.
While the NTSB’s push for a lowered BAC is nothing new and has been
an initiative of the group for several years now, the idea has gained
little legislative or community support, with even major anti-drunk driving
organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) having refrained
from taking a side.
“We believe we can save more lives and eliminate drunken driving
(doing other things),” commented Frank Harris, MADD’s state
governmental affairs director. Since the states ultimately have control
over drunk driving laws and have little interest in lowering the legal
BAC limit as suggested, MADD has instead pushed for more widespread use
of ignition interlock devices (IID) which prevent drunk drivers from being
able to start their vehicles in the first place. “There has been
progress against drunken driving,” Harris added, “But there’s
still room for improvement.”
Would Lowering the BAC Limit Be Going Too Far?
Many people, particularly bar owners, have expressed their opposition to
the idea, claiming that lowering the BAC even further would essentially
be a step towards criminalizing drinking. According to Mark Mueller, the
owner of Moe’s Burger and Brews in Rock Island, Illinois, lowering
the BAC would prevent responsible patrons from being able to enjoy themselves
and instead have them worry about passing an alcohol test after only having
one drink. NTSB Vice Chairwoman Bella Dinh-Zarr strongly disagrees, stressing
that moving the BAC to 0.05% is about forcing people to have a safe plan
to get home before they head out.
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