August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Currently, the legal blood alcohol content limit for drinking and driving
is .08 percent in every state. Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended lowering the limit to .05 in an attempt to further curb drinking and driving deaths.
Drinking and driving is a big problem for traffic-related deaths in Ohio. According to The Century Council, there were 36,528 DUI arrests in the state in 2011, and 316 fatalities due to drinking and driving. The NTSB's recommendation aims to prevent more alcohol-related deaths from occurring across the U.S., but some groups believe changing the limit won't solve the problem.
The argument for changing the limit
The York Daily Record says that since more than 100 countries lowered their BAC limits to .05 percent or lower, traffic deaths have decreased. In Europe, the number of deaths dropped by more than half in the ten years since the new limit was adopted. The NTSB hopes that by changing our country's legal limit laws, we can emulate this decrease in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
Those against changing the limit
Surprisingly, MADD hasn't endorsed the suggestion to change the legal limit, says U.S. News. The founder of MADD says the solution isn't practical or realistic, and would waste time when other methods of drunk driving prevention could be more effective. MADD claims high-BAC drunk driving and drugged driving continue to be more serious issues than driving with a BAC of under .08 percent. And the chairman and CEO of the National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime says most people who drive with a BAC below .08 will pass a field sobriety test anyway.
USA Today says setting the limit to .08 has already cut annual deaths across the country from over 20,000 to less than 10,000 over the past 30 years. Instead of catching hardcore drinkers behind the wheel, say detractors, lowering the limit would affect responsible drinkers who would find themselves over the legal limit after just a couple of drinks.
Rather than focus on lowering the limit, MADD suggests adopting stricter ignition interlock laws, which have been proven to prevent many re-arrests and save lives. Under Ohio law, the use of an ignition interlock device may be ordered for first and second offenses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Contacting an attorney
A person who is arrested for a DUI is going to need a strong defense to protect his or her rights, whether or not the blood alcohol content was above or below .08 percent. If you've been arrested for a DUI, it's important to speak with a lawyer with experience in drunk driving cases, to ensure you understand your charges and are treated fairly in court.