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If this were to come to pass and was retroactively applied to the ASU student from this story that registered a 0.47, and was dropped off at the hospital by his boys with a sticky note attached to him, he would have been clocked at 9.4 times the legal BAC limit. The legal threshold is currently 0.08, so either way you slice it, that guy was hammered drunk, but thankfully he didn’t end up behind the wheel of a car.
The dilemma is, of course, which alcohol content level should be the legal determining point of intoxication.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all 50 states lower the threshold to 0.05. The idea is part of a safety board initiative to eliminate drunk driving, which accounts for about a third of all road deaths.
Hersman said progress has been made over the years to reduce drunk driving, including government policies, tougher law enforcement and stepped up advocacy. But she said too many people are still dying on America’s roads in alcohol-related crashes.
Lowering the rate to 0.05 would save about 500 to 800 lives every year, the safety board said.
I’m not too concerned with how intoxication is defined, but if the number of drunk driving accidents can be minimized by stricter laws, I’m all for a lowered BAC threshold.