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MADD founder speaks out against the NTSB's new recommendation

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher in all 50 states.
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    December 08, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Many drivers in Portland and Vancouver jump in their vehicles after a night out drinking and are pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol. However, doing this poses a threat not only to the driver, but others on the road. In Washington, drunk driving fatalities represented 34 percent of all traffic-related deaths in 2011 and in Oregon, drunk driving fatalities consisted of 29 percent of all traffic-related deaths in 2011, states the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization.

Opposition to the NTSB's proposal

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher in all 50 states. However, earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board came out with a new recommendation. After a vote, the NTSB now recommends that all states lower their legal BAC level for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05, says Fox News. The NTSB is recommending this change saying that lowering legal BAC levels for drivers would ultimately save lives.

However, this new recommendation has not been received without opposition. The founder of MADD, who initially began the organization in the 1980s after her daughter was killed in an accident that involved alcohol, is not a supporter of this new guideline from the NTSB, says U.S. News.

The founder of MADD stated that while she believes this change may lower the number of alcohol-related fatalities out on the roads initially, it is not a long-term solution. Instead, lawmakers, states and drivers should focus on the real issues behind car accident fatalities such as distracted driving, driving after drug use and drivers getting behind the wheel with unsafe BAC levels.

MADD's founder also remarked that changing the legal BAC level for drivers would be impractical because many drivers would still be able to pass a sobriety test, it would be difficult to enforce and law enforcement would only have subjective evidence that the driver was breaking the law.

Factors that contribute to BAC

The way a driver is affected by alcohol and how fast their BAC level rises is dependent on several factors. These include:
- The number of drinks a person drinks within a one hour time period.
- How much the person consuming an alcoholic beverage weighs.
- Whether the individual is male or female and their age.
- How much food is in the stomach while drinking.
- What percentage of alcohol is in the drink being consumed.

According to Fox News, studies show that a woman that weighs less than 120 pounds can attain a BAC level of 0.5 after just one alcoholic beverage and a man under 160 pounds can reach this level after two.

If you were given a DUI for driving with a BAC level above the legal limit and believe that you were wrongfully pulled over, contact an attorney that can help you avoid the consequences of this legal allegation.

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