Drunk at .05 BAC Says NTSB
The National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) has recommend that states lower the blood-alcohol content that constitutes drunken driving. Currently, all 50 states have laws establishing “Impaired Driving” at a BAC level of .08 percent of alcohol, by volume, in the blood. If a driver has a BAC level of .08 or above, he or she is subject to prosecution for drunk driving.
The NTSB has recommended dropping the BAC level to .05. In support of their recommendation, they have argued that approximately 10,000 people die each year in alcohol related traffic accidents and 170,000 are injured. With so many injuries and deaths, alcohol related accidents are a threat to public safety, says the NTSB.