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National Transportation Safety Board tells states to lower legal limit

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends states lower the legal limit from 0.08 to 0.05.
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    December 14, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- National Transportation Safety Board tells states to lower legal limit

San Diego is a popular tourist destination for many people because of its several attractions. A busy city, its roads are often crowded with vacationers, commuters and local residents and when drivers choose to drink while under the influence of alcohol, they pose a risk to others around them. Often, their motor skills and perception are affected which means that they are likely to cause a car accident.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving shows that in 2011, 28 percent of traffic fatalities in California were caused by drunk driving. In all, 774 people were killed. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, this number was the same as of December 2012. In 2011, there were over 23,000 injuries reported that were attributed to drunk driving.

Lower the legal limit

Earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board came out with its annual recommendations to states and one of those recommendations was to lower the legal limit from 0.08 to 0.05. Their suggestion came with many supporting arguments which included:
-Four million people admit in studies to drinking and driving every year.
-Almost 10,000 people die in the U.S. every year in traffic accidents that involve drunk driving.
-Studies have shown that some drivers show signs of impairment with a blood alcohol content of 0.05 or 0.07.
-Australia's provinces reported a reduction in traffic fatalities after lowering their legal limit to 0.05.
-When a person's BAC level is 0.05 they are 39 percent more likely to have an accident.
-Up to 1,000 lives could be saved if states follow the recommendation.

The NTSB also pointed out that many other countries have already taken action and lowered their legal limit to 0.05. These countries include Russia, South American countries and European countries. In addition, after states began to lower their legal limit down to 0.08 over the past 20 years, the fatality rate associated with drunk driving has dropped by 50 percent.

Support for the recommendation in California

While the American Beverage Institute has spoken out against the recommendation, there is some support that has been voiced in California. An editorial in Mercury News points out that the same group was against lowering the legal limit to 0.08 and has fought against legislation regarding ignition interlocks for convicted drunk drivers. The editorial encouraged Californians to petition lawmakers to pass a law lowering the limit.

In San Diego, the California Highway Patrol and local media recently conducted a drunk driving test, using a pair of goggles that create the effect of being impaired. According to CBS 8, the goggles represented a BAC of 0.07 and reporters tried to drive through a slalom course, parallel park and then take a field sobriety test. They failed all of the tests, even though they were driving slowly, showing that any impairment can be dangerous to drivers and others around them.

When people are the victims of a drunk driver, they may struggle with lost income, hospital bills and continued medical care and rehabilitation. Victims should talk with an experienced attorney about seeking compensation to help them in their recovery process.

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