Lowering BAC Limit to .05 May Not Reduce Alcohol-Related Fatalities
The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended lowering the legal limit on blood alcohol content for drivers. NH DUI attorney John Tenn says the measure may not be an effective way to help save lives.
MANCHESTER, NH – SAFETY officials have recommended tightening drunk driving standards. Earlier this month, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) voted to recommend that blood alcohol content (BAC) limits for drivers be more stringent. Currently, all 50 states have adopted a BAC limit of .08%. BAC – whether measured by breathalyzers or blood tests – is a common way to determine whether a driver is impaired. The NTSB suggests that states tighten that limit to .05% – a level that would preclude many adults from driving after even a single drink. NH DUI attorney John Tenn, whose criminal practice primarily involves DUI defense, says that the proposed measure may not have the intended effect of saving lives.