The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) voted to recommend that states lower the blood-alcohol level for drunk driving to a BAC level of .05. Currently, all 50 states have set a BAC level of .08. The NTSB is an investigative agency that advocates on behalf of safety issues.
The recommendation prompted criticism from restaurant trade groups. “This recommendation is ludicrous,” said Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute. “Moving from 0.08 to 0.05 would criminal perfectly responsible behavior.”
The NTSB asserts that at .05 BAC some drivers begin having difficulties with depth perception and other visual functions. At .07, the NTSB claims, cognitive abilities become impaired. At .05 BAC, the risk of having an accident increases by 39 percent, according to the NTSB. The NTSB believes that if all 50 states changed their standard to .05, nearly 1,000 lives could be saved each year.
The NTSB has no legal authority to order any change to state or federal law. It would be up to individual states whether to accept the NTSB’s recommendation and up to the Department of Transportation to endorse the recommendations. The NTSB’s report is available at http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2013/SR1301.pdf.
If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI or DWI or you have been injured in an alcohol or drug-related accident, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer or personal injury attorney. The Law Office of Ben Crittenden will work with you to achieve the best result possible in your case. Please contact us by calling 907-771-9002 for a free consultation. You can also visit our frequently asked questions page or Blog page for more information.