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Lower DWI limit for safety's sake

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It’s hard to imagine that politicians who lack the will to impose minor restrictions on assault weapons could muster the nerve to lower the threshold for drunken driving as dramatically as the National Transportation Safety Board recommended Tuesday. But for the sake of the thousands of Americans who are killed or maimed as a result of drunken driving crashes every year, they should. The current legal blood-alcohol concentration for drunken driving is 0.08 percent in ...

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May 16, 2013
2:02 a.m.

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We're reaching a real point of diminishing returns here. If the BAC limit is set so low it can be triggered by someone who just used mouthwash, you may see a lot of DWI cases just get bounced out of court. Need to go after the repeat offenders and if you get convicted for DWI, automatic revocation for several years, a massive fine, and perhaps confiscate the driver's vehicle (another huge monetary loss).

May 18, 2013
4:23 p.m.

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In 2009 all 50 states and Puerto Rico went to the .08 BAC level and we still have over 30% of fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers, most of which have a BAC of over double the .08 level. How is dropping the level to .05 going to reduce the number of alcohol related deaths? And just because other countries have done it and seen a reduction doesn't mean it will work in the US. We drive bigger cars and trucks and a lot of us live in rural areas while working in the city. Most alcohol related accidents are in the early morning hours and a lot of the deaths are caused by teenage drivers.

Maybe, as in all things, we should try enforcing current laws instead of making new laws that would have little or no effect on the problem.