On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board officially asked state legislators to redefine the national standard for drunk driving by dropping the blood-alcohol percentage legally tolerated for drivers from .08 to .05%.
Blood-alcohol content, or BAC, is a metric representing how much alcohol is in an individual’s blood stream. Georgia, like the other 49 states, sets the upper limit for a driver in a non-commercial vehicle over twenty-one years of age at a BAC level of .08%. That means at .08 BAC, a driver can be arrested and prosecuted for drunk driving.
Will this change make our highways safer?
The United States’ .08 BAC limit runs high when compared with most other countries around the globe. Australia, Russia and most countries in Europe and South America have made it illegal to drive with a BAC of .05% or more.
It seems to be helping in the war against alcohol related traffic fatalities. Authorities in Australia report drops as high as 18% since shifting to .05 BAC.
According to the NTSB, as many as 1,000 American lives could be saved each year if all 50 states follow the new recommendation.
The NTSB advocates for driver safety. However, the organization does not have the authority to change the law. It will be up to Georgia’s legislators to decide if the lower BAC limit is right for our highways. If you would like to see the NTSB’s recommendation put into action, contact your local, state, and national representatives and make your voice heard.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to a drunk driver’s negligence, we may be able to help. Call the Norcross DUI victim attorneys at Shane Smith Law to schedule a no-cost consultation today at (770) 487-8999.