Feds promoting lower alcohol limits

May 14, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFederal 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.



  1. Rambunctious says:

    I have no problem with getting tough on drunk drivers. The tragedies they cause every day are completely overwhelming. However I do have a question…how do you “crack down” on drunk driving by designating people that aren’t drunk as drunk? I’m sorry but I’ve had desserts that increased my Blood Alcohol level to .05

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    • Spirit Filled says:

      This will also be considered a diet. I don’t drink so I applaud all efforts to minimize alcohol usage. Won’t stop any drunks though. The only thiing that will stop a drunk is a block wall. Or some type of realization from God. I quit so of course I think everyone should quit. I know, I’m selfish in that way. Seems like there is a wreck daily caused by drinking.

      I lived in denial for many years til I finally came to the conclusion that I was a crazy person and alcohol made my craziness even worse. God Bless

      I quit July 4th almost 30 years ago. Still nuts but now at least I know it. I have to admit at times I wish I could have a drink. A cold beer on a hot day would be nice. Not going to happen right now. Maybe in twn minutes or so.

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