Proposal to lower drinking and driving limits causes debate in Nevada
The NTSB is pushing for states to lower their BAC legal limits from 0.08 to 0.05.
October 25, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Proposal to lower drinking and driving limits causes debate in Nevada
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The National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, is calling for states across the country to lower the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level from 0.08 to 0.05. The agency argues that the risk of involvement in a serious auto accident increases significantly once a driver reaches an impairment level of 0.05. In an effort to eliminate alcohol related crashes, the NTSB recommends stronger laws, like this reduction, along with more timely enforcement measures and expanded use of technology.
The reduction would likely result in an increased number of driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI, citations.
Reaction to proposal in Nevada.
The proposal is receiving mixed reaction throughout Nevada. The executive director of Stop DUI Nevada, a non-profit group, supports the change. Sandy Heverly states the recommendation is supported not only by scientific studies but by personal stories of tragic accidents involving Nevada residents that could have been avoided if the lower BAC was in effect.
The Nevada Tavern Owner's Association has spoken out against the proposal, arguing it targets "perfectly responsible behavior." Instead of focusing on those responsible for serious DUI violations the proposal aims to restrict moderate consumption by responsible adults.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Highway Patrol appear to be taking a rather neutral stance. The Governor states that he wants the state to have safe roads but would work with leaders in the enforcement department to discuss the best way of achieving this goal. The Highway Patrol states it hopes the proposal begins a discussion on roadway safety.
Will Nevada make the change?
Nevada approved the change from 0.10 to 0.08 in 2003. This was three years after Congress passed a measure that required states to lower their BAC limits before they were able to receive federal highway construction funding. Those states that did not lower the legal BAC levels were at risk of losing these funds.
If a similar measure is passed, Nevada may lower the BAC limit. It is important to note the proposal is still relatively new. As a result, the odds of it passing in the near future are fairly low. However, the proposal illustrates how the law often changes and the need to stay up to date if charged with a DUI crime.
Impact of a DUI in Nevada.
Penalties associated with a DUI in Nevada are harsh and can include revocation of your driver's license, monetary fines and imprisonment. If you are charged with a drunk driving crime contact an experienced Nevada DUI defense lawyer to better ensure your legal rights are protected.
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