Tuesday the National Transportation and Safety Board recommended that states lower the blood alcohol level from the national limit of .08 to .05 to decrease the chances of fatal accidents.
Basically it means that a man who weighs 160 would be considered legally drunk after two drinks.
Personally, I don't think it is going to help. Responsible people don't drive while or after drinking. Lowering the limit in my opinion is pointless. People who drive while under the influence are going to continue to do so, regardless of any new law.
Do you think lowering the blood alcohol limit is going to stop people from drinking and driving?
Unfortunately I feel the same way that it is not going to stop those who choose to be irresponsible. If a person does not care enough about his or her own life than they surely are not going to care about others and that is just the sad fact of drinking and driving.
This is not changing anything other than increasing penalties for the group of people who most likely aren't going to be the ones to drink and drive in the first place. I do court-ordered DWI evaluations. The majority of the folks we get are above a BAC of .08. In my state a driver with a BAC from .05-.07 can currently be arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired. These are not the drivers who tend to come to the attention of the police, and are typically not the ones causing fatalities. They are better focusing on prevention and mandated programs to reduce recidivism than focusing on the group of people who aren't causing the problem.
They are SUPPOSED to carpool and have designated drivers. Or, they can call a cab.
What REALLY cut down the drinking and driving out here was a local cab company offers rides to drunk individuals. I'm not sure how they fund the program or if it is all volunteer, but the number is posted all over all the bars and bartenders call them on people that need removed.
I just looked it up. What it is:
You can buy a giftcard to give to a specific person if you are worried. Or, you can buy giftcards and give them to the company and they will use it to give rides to people who don't have money or are too inebriated to figure out how to pay.
if they really want people to stop drinking and driving stop making parking lots for bars... why do bars even HAVE parking lots if its illigal to drink and drive?