August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Currently, the legal limit for drinking
and driving in every state is a blood alcohol content of .08. The National Transportation Safety Board has recently recommended changing the legal limit to .05 percent. Some public safety advocates say that this will prevent even more injuries and deaths due to drunk driving, but others say it's a false solution that doesn't solve the real problem, and can result in thousands of responsible drinkers being criminalized.
Some unhappy with the proposal
DMVFlorida.org reports that 33,625 people were arrested on DUI charges in Florida in 2011. If the legal limit were lowered to .05, the number of people with drunk driving charges would undoubtedly rise. The American Beverage Institute argues that moderate, responsible drinkers would be targeted unfairly for drinking and driving, while the real problem of "hardcore" drinkers getting behind the wheel would still not be addressed, according to NBC News.
According to USA Today, a 170-pound man could reach a blood alcohol content of .05 percent just by having three beers in an hour; a woman weighing 137 pounds could reach the legal limit by only having two beers. And only 8 percent of those involved in fatal accidents were from drivers with a blood alcohol content of .05 to .08 percent.
Even MADD says lowering the legal level isn't the best way to prevent people from driving drunk. Instead, installing ignition interlocks to check whether a person behind the wheel is intoxicated, before being able to start the vehicle, may work better. USA Today says the use of ignition interlocks reduced deaths from drunk driving by 36 percent in Arizona and Louisiana.
Those in favor of lowering the legal limit
According to Politico, the NTSB claims most people who have a beer or glass of wine with dinner won't be affected by lowering the legal limit to .05 percent, but injuries and deaths will be reduced. Since the NTSB doesn't have the authority to change the law, it remains to be seen whether any of the states decide to adopt their suggestion and reduce the legal limit.
Contacting an attorney
Regardless of how much or how little they had to drink, many Orlando residents are still arrested on DUI charges, which often carry severe penalties. Contacting an attorney with experience handling drunk driving cases can help to navigate the complicated court system, as well as help those with drunk driving charges understand what they're facing.