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How many beers does it take for someone to cross the NTSB's proposed 0.05 blood alcohol content level?

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Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) voted to give an official recommendation to all 50 states to lower their legal blood alcohol content levels. This was done as a way to prevent future DUI victims in Georgia and across the country.

Some have opposed their concern for this change. The most prominent group opposed to the change is the food, beverage and restaurant industry. They want you to believe that it is okay to drive if your blood alcohol content level is 0.08. But doing so, the NTSB, and the Peachtree City drunk driving accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith believe that a change is needed to prevent more DUI victims.

Many people wonder what the difference will be in their drinking and alcohol consumption when they visit their favorite bar or restaurant. Under the current law, an average 180-pound male will typically reach the current legal limit of 0.08 after four drinks in one hour. This figure was found by using the University of Oklahoma blood alcohol calculator. On that same calculator, the same 180-pound male could reach the proposed legal limit of 0.05 by drinking two to three drinks in one hour.

Many factors impact how much a person can drink. Age, weight, gender, and more impact how a person absorbs alcohol and the impact it has on their overall ability to function optimally, and operate a vehicle.

With this new proposed legal limit, the number of drinks a person can consume while out is reduced, but the reduction can save as many as 1,000 estimated lives each year. We believe this is worth a few people not having one or two extra drinks.

To join us in the fight against unnecessary injuries and deaths due to drunk driving, please consider contacting your Georgia representatives and telling them that you support this proposed change. 

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia