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A recommendation to drop the blood alcohol level to be considered drunk while driving from .08 to .05 percent was made by the National Transportation Safety Board this morning. Over the years, the federal government has coerced states to set the blood alcohol content at .08 percent or to lose funding for road projects. So all 50 states have adopted that BAC, which reflects the percentage of alcohol, by volume, in the blood. If you drive and are found to have a BAC of .08 or above, you're subject to arrest and prosecution. The NTSB's recommendation of .05 percent is part of its "Reaching Zero: actions to Eliminate Alcohol-Impaired Driving" campaign. And it is a worthy cause. NTSB estimates each year that nearly 10,000 people die in alcohol-related traffic accidents and 170,000 are injured. My question, though, is at what level does "drunk" diving cause accidents. I've assumed most accidents are caused people well over .08 percent. Does NTSB data show how many accidents are caused by drivers with .05 to .08 percent BAC? I haven't read the whole report so can't say whether it does. It does say that both Queensland and New South Wales saw drops in fatal crashes when those Australian states dropped BAC from .08 to .05. But part of the report does say that scientific evidence shows "any alcohol consumption associated with driving reduces safety." So why didn't they set the BAC recommendation at .01 percent?
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up2sumptin commented on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 13:59 PM

I think they are trying to slowly lower it as not to cause a huge backlash. Kind of like the frog in a pan of water analogy. As for the level in which you're impaired; I think that would do a great deal with metabolism. Some people get impaired quicker and at lower levels than others. I think they are trying to find the golden mean. Where the most people are affected at the lowest possible level.

HMJC commented on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 15:00 PM

I have learned over the years that ones opinion towards hot botton issues directely correlates to whether or not it has directly affected them personaly; kIida like gun violence. The problem with that is in most cases it is too late to prevent a tragic event. I do concur that the study does need to further provide average BAC for alchohol related accidents/deaths. .08 is for some two drinks while .05 would be one for and average drinker as oppossed to a portly fellow like myself...You are better off creating BAC key FOBS that will not start the car if the BAC is above a certain limit. I know there are some variations of that out there already, just not sure what. At the end of the day what is more dangerous? an impaired driver? a drunk driver? or is there a differeence?

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