Stricter Laws and a Lower BAC Limit in the Hope to Eliminate Drunk Driving

A fun, relaxing night with colleagues, friends or family, over good food and drinks would be a perfect way to end a tiring work week filled with stress and deadlines to beat. This is one activity that may be worth spending; but never drink more than what is lawfully allowed if you intend to drive afterwards. This is because the more alcohol a person consumes, the greater his/her impairment would be.

There is an actual line where a person is drunk in the eyes of the law. According to the website of Denton criminal lawyer Karen Alexander, the present blood alcohol content (BAC) limit set by the law is 0.08% in all 50 states; those caught violating this legal limit are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI). However, based on a new chart released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a 0.05% BAC level is enough to reduce one’s coordination, and full ability to steer, respond to emergency situations, and track moving objects (0.05% BAC would mean about two or three bottles of beer).

Though more extensive advocacy and tougher enforcement of state and federal laws, such as sobriety checkpoints, harsher punishment and higher fines, have helped reduce the annual number of alcohol-related car accidents over the past years, the number of lives lost due to drunk driving still climbed above 9,000 in 2011.

To further lower this number and with the hope to do away with drunk driving, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made a recommendation in 2013 to lower BAC level to 0.05%; the Board is confident that this recommendation will be made into a law. Presently, 0.05% BAC is the legal limit imposed on drivers in many countries around the globe.

Though the U.S. government has no intent of prohibiting adults from enjoying drinks in social gatherings; it directs everyone to observe care by making sure that they do not drive afterwards. This can be done by delegating the driving duty to one of their friends who does not or wouldn’t drink; if alone, however, they can call a family member or a friend to pick them up, or take a cab, otherwise. Party hosts (who serve alcoholic drinks) are also given the duty to make sure that their guests entrust the driving to sober drivers. This is especially true for bars and clubs, where dram shop laws come into effect.

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