August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Currently a hot topic of debate in every state is the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation to reduce the legal blood alcohol concentration from .08 to .05. The current legal limit for every state, including Washington, is .08. The NTSB says lowering the limit, thereby taking more intoxicated drivers off the road, will save lives.
It can't be argued that drinking and driving is a problem in our state. In 2011, there were 11,101 DUI arrests and 156 drunk driving fatalities
, according to The Century Council. In the state of Washington, 107 of the arrests for driving under the influence involved drivers under the age of 18. While lowering the limit may prevent people from getting behind the wheel of a car after having a few drinks, some groups don't think changing the legal limit will solve the problem of drinking and driving in the long run.
Arguments for and against changing the limit
More than 100 countries currently have BAC limits at .05 percent or lower, according to the York Daily Record. Statistics say that drunk driving deaths have decreased in these countries since lowering the limit. In the ten years since Europe put the new limit into place, the number of drunk driving deaths dropped by more than half. The NTSB hopes the U.S. will see similar decreases in drunk driving fatalities by lowering the BAC limit.
However, MADD says changing the legal limit won't solve the problem long-term, says U.S. News. MADD's founder claims the solution isn't realistic or practical, and says that lowering the limit would waste time when the government could be focusing on more effective and immediate methods to prevent drunk driving, such as adopting stricter ignition interlock laws. The use of ignition interlock devices, which prevent a vehicle from starting if they detect alcohol on a driver's breath, has been proven to prevent repeat drunk drivers and save lives.
In a further argument against changing the BAC law, the chairman and CEO of the National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime states that most people with a BAC under .08 percent will be able to pass a field sobriety test.
Contacting an attorney
Whether the BAC law is eventually lowered in every state remains to be seen, and it's uncertain if it will prevent more people from being injured or killed by drunk drivers. However, the fact remains that drunk driving is currently a problem. If you or your family have been impacted by a drunk driving accident
, it's important to contact a personal injury attorney with experience in drunk driving cases. Medical and funeral expenses for drunk driving accidents can add up quickly, and victims may be eligible for compensation.
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