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Georgia DUI accident attorney Shane Smith highlights the latest push by federal officials to lower the threshold for drunken driving.

Gwinnett County DUI Accident Attorney Shane Smith Discusses Effort to Reduce Threshold for Drunken Driving

According to recent safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the threshold to be charged with drunken driving should be lowered to 0.05 from 0.08. This recommendation is based on European countries that have embraced this lower blood alcohol content (BAC) level. European countries with this threshold have reduced the number of drunken driving fatalities by one-half within 10 years of adopting this threshold. 

Government officials are proposing this policy because they want to bring the number of alcohol-related facilities as close to zero as possible. In fact, the new blood alcohol content (BAC) level is equivalent to a single drink for a woman that weighs 120 pounds or 2 drinks consumed by a man weighing 160 pounds. However, federal officials recommend not drinking alcohol at all when driving. This is the only way to guarantee your senses are not compromised to alcohol’s negative sensory and judgment effects. 

Study after study have proven that even a single drink, which is defined as 1.5 ounces of liquor, 12 ounces of beer or four ounces of wine, can reduce a driver’s ability to drive. Hence, the recommendation that drinking any amount of alcohol is not recommended for a motor vehicle operator.  Drivers with blood alcohol content (BAC) levels of 0.01 have reduced senses and reaction times.

The NTSB is making these recommendations because drunk drivers are responsible for nearly one-third of third of the 30,000 annual traffic fatalities in Georgia and America. This figure for fatal traffic accidents has remained constant over the past 15 years. Deaths caused by drunken drives, are not accidents, but acts of criminal malice, they cite there is a need to get tough with irresponsible drivers and use the law to make people be much more responsible with their social activities. Since every drunken driving case is preventable, they hope to lower the number of alcohol related fatalities as much and as fast as possible.  

If you or a relative have been involved in a motor vehicle crash due to a drunk driver, you may have a claim to recover for your physical and emotional injuries. Speaking with a Georgia DUI accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith will help you determine what your legal rights are. Call (770) 487-8999 to schedule your free legal consultation with a Gwinnett County DUI accident lawyer today!


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia