National Board Considers Changing Legal BAC Limit

September 10th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Timothy Brown, a senior research associate at the National Advanced Driving Simulator in Iowa, according to the Chicago Tribune, “has put hundreds of drunken drivers behind the wheel.” His job is to simulate and then gather research regarding drunk drivers, to “better understand the difference in driving abilities of someone who is sober, someone who has had a few drinks, and someone who has had a few more drinks.” His work is especially timely, according to the Tribune, as the National Transportation Safety Board has recently announced that it is considering lowering the legal limit of blood alcohol intoxication from .08 to .05. National Board Considers Changing Legal BAC Limit IMAGE

Labor Day Weekend, which just passed, is one of the busiest weekends of the year for drunk driving arrests. This is largely because it’s one of the busiest times of the year for people on the roads: according to the Tribune, an estimated 30 million drivers were out on American highways and byways for the holiday weekend this year. Holiday weekends mean celebrations, and a large number of revelers celebrate with alcohol. Because of this, the Tribune cited that authorities were on high alert for “those who attempt the potentially dangerous mix of drinking and driving. But what constitutes dangerous driving is once again up for debate.”

National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman told the Tribune that drunk (or impaired) driving was a “national epidemic.” Research, according to the Tribune, “suggests that lowering the legal limit of intoxication to .05 could save 500 to 1,000 lives a year.” Yet critics of changing the limit argue that slight alcohol impairment—two glasses of wine at a dinner party, a large beer at a sporting event—doesn’t differ much from “impairment caused by drowsiness, cellphone use, medication, aging” and other conditions.

If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI, regardless of what level your blood alcohol content was measured, don’t go through it alone. The most important first step is to contact a dedicated Chicago-area DUI attorney today.

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