Feds promoting lower alcohol limits
May 14, 2013
Federal transportation officials Tuesday recommended a much lower alcohol level to determine a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle — from the current .08 to .05 blood alcohol — as a means to crack down on drunk driving. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
The National Transportation Safety Board made the recommendation, noting that drunk driving is responsible for one-third of all traffic-related deaths. Board officials unanimously said the lower limit would bring the U.S. into conformity with more than 100 other nations.
State law enforcement officials should exploit new technology to prevent impaired drivers from operating their vehicles and to toughen up on repeat offenders, according to board members. The board also promised to assist state agencies in securing funding for the efforts.
“Impaired driving remains one of the biggest killers in the United States,” NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said.