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NTSB Campaigns to Lower Drunk Driving Limit

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.

 

Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.

 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that all states lower the drunk driving threshold from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent blood alcohol content (BAC). Despite increased societal awareness of drunk driving dangers and stricter regulations aimed to prevent it, drunk drivers are responsible for more than 10,000 fatalities each year. The NTSB's Chairman suggested that people are complacent about the risks of drunk driving and many believe it is no longer an issue. The recommendation is part of a safety panel initiative described in a report with the stated goal of eradicating drunk driving.

 

According to initial publicity about the recommendation, lowering the BAC rate from 0.08 to 0.05 percent would save approximately 500 to 800 lives annually. The NTSB website estimates that the 0.08 BAC level is reached by a 180-pound male after four drinks within one hour. The proposed 0.05 percent limit would be reached after two or three drinks within an hour for the same sized person. The site explains that BAC levels vary according to a person's weight, gender and other factors.

 

The NTSB also recommended the development of a separate court system to handle DUI cases and providing incentives to states to adopt a systematic program of ignition interlock devices for those convicted of DUI.

 

If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia