Will lowering the legal limit for a driver’s blood alcohol content
reduce the number of drunk driving accidents? That is the question that
the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hopes to answer. In a
release earlier this year, the organization urged states to reduce the
legal limit for a driver’s blood alcohol content to .05% or lower.
The NTSB claims that through its research, it has determined that this
change will drastically reduce the incidents of
driving while under the influence (DUI).
While most people are quick to get behind measures that fight drunk driving,
support for this particular change is far from unanimous. The NTSB has
made similar recommendations in the past to no avail. Even organizations
that typically champion these issues, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving
(MADD), are yet to take an official stand.
If Not a Reduced BAC, Than What?
Instead of fighting to reduce the legal limit for a driver’s BAC,
institutions such as MADD have been focusing their efforts on increasing
the use of ignition interlock devices (IID) for those convicted of past
drunk driving offenses. IIDs, also known as car breathalyzers, require
drivers to pass a breath test before a car’s ignition will start
as well as at random intervals. MADD argues that this technology is a
better candidate to receive resources towards the goal of fighting drunk
driving as it has been proven to be effective domestically and already
has widespread support.
How Does This Affect the Average Driver?
Currently, the initiative to change the limit for a driver’s BAC
has gained little traction. According to the state governmental affairs
director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the motion has not yet been
discussed in a single committee. However, if the recommendation does gain
traction, it may grant police greater authority to make drunk driving
arrests in otherwise marginal situations.
The laws on drunk driving in California can see that offenders are punished
harshly and if you are facing criminal charges, our Bakersfield DUI attorneys
want to hear your side of the story. We have defended drivers in thousands
of cases and know how to call into question the evidence against you.
When you work with an attorney from Campbell Whitten, you gain the support
of our entire firm. Call (661) 735-1038 or
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