1 drink for road may be 1 too many

  • Article by: Richard Simon , Los Angeles Times
  • Updated: May 14, 2013 - 10:35 PM

NTSB calls for lowering blood alcohol limit to 0.05.

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chablis28May. 15, 13 8:32 AM

Every drunk driving crash I read about is caused by someone well over the current .08 level. .05 means we'll have to start drinking pepsi and lemonade with our yellow fin tuna at a restaurant like Oceanaire. Rediculus!!! There is a differnce between drinking with your food vs. getting plowed. We are swiftly moving towards living in a country we're absolutely nothing is allowed. Except, in Colorado, where you can smoke pot for no other reason that to get impaired. Makes sense doesn't it! Pot doesn't go with your meal. Its only purpose is impairment.

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TheDarkOneMay. 15, 13 1:10 PM

Conveniently absent from every article I've read about this topic is a discussion of just how many accidents and/or fatalities are caused on average per year where one of the drivers' BAC was between 0.08 (current threshold) and 0.05 (proposed threshold). That would be the correct measure of what changing the threshold would prevent. My guess is the average BAC of a person involved in an alcohol-related crash is far higher than 0.05, thus would have been illegal under the higher threshold anyway. This is framed as being about reducing theoretical "risks" but how many actual ACCIDENTS is it likely to prevent? The data is there. *Footnote: In a few years driverless cars may render the entire DWI conversation moot since you cannot get a DWI unless you are in "control" of a motor vehicle, which you're not when the car drives itself.

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