Lower Blood Alcohol Limits Suggested to Reduce Drunken Driving

May 15, 2013

Controversy is swirling after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) suggested yesterday that the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers should be lowered.

According to CBS-Denver, reports indicate officials with the NTSB have called for every state in the nation to lower the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 percent to .05 percent. Data has shown that under the proposed limits a woman who weighs less than 120 pounds could reach the .05 limit after consuming just one drink of alcohol. A man weighing no more than 160 pounds could also be considered legally intoxicated after less than two drinks.

Supporters of the law here in Colorado say lowering the limit could significantly reduce the number of Colorado Drunk Driving Accident Injuries and fatalities. However, opponents of the law say the state already has a .05 limit in place, even though it is not like the per se limit that is needed in order to charge a motorist with driving under the influence.

All parties agree that a conversation on how to reduce behaviors like drunk driving should take place.

The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm are optimistic that the announcement will help to bring more awareness to the problem of drunk driving. Furthermore, the firm is hopeful this awareness will encourage motorists in Colorado not to drink and drive!

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