Reaction To Tougher Drunk Driving Threshold Proposal


Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board made the recommendation for all 50 states to lower the blood alcohol content level to 0.05. The group believes the move could save 500 to 800 lives annually, but groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving say it's a small fix for a bigger problem.

"Blood alcohol concentration is only one piece. One strategy." said Carol Ronis, MADD National Office.

MADD is pushing for ignition interlocks to become mandatory for all drivers who've received a DUI. Which will make sure they're under the limit before they can access their vehicle.

"The past six years, sixteen state have passed legislation for an all offender ignition interlock at 0.08. The goal is first time offenders. Repeat offenders are out there. Research shows they'll drive almost 80 times before they're pulled over." added Ronis.

The move from 0.08 to 0.05 would be a big change for drivers, but police say when it comes to looking for indications of drunk driving, change would be little.

"The indicators that we're looking for now will be the same as the indicators we'll be looking for then. The physiological differences between one person and another could be very great. People need to understand that, and they need to understand what their limits are. As always, our suggestion is, if you've been drinking don't drive." commented Bowling Green Police Officer Ronnie Ward.

Regardless of complicated changes made to cut down on drunk driving deaths, the issue is pretty simple.

"This is a one hundred percent preventable crime. All you have to do is not drink and drive." said Ronis.

According to the NTSB, 31% of all fatal highway accidents involve alcohol impairment; something they're hoping to change with this recommendation.


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