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Feds want lower threshold for drunk driving
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Quote:One drink DUI? Feds want lower threshold for drunk driving


A federal agency is proposing that states lower the threshold for drunken driving to the point where a woman could be charged for driving after one drink and a man after two in a move officials say would save thousands of lives.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all states drop the blood-alcohol level at which motorists can be charged with driving drunk to .05, down from the current rate of .08 that all 50 states impose. The threshold is a matter of state law, but the federal government can pressure states to meet its standard by threatening to withhold highway funding.


"Our goal is to get to zero deaths because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable," NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said. "Alcohol-impaired deaths are not accidents, they are crimes. They can and should be prevented. The tools exist. What is needed is the will."

More than 100 countries have adopted the .05 alcohol content standard or lower, according to an NTSB report. In Europe, drunken driving deaths were cut by more than half a decade after the stricter standard was implemented.

Studies show a woman weighing less than 120 pounds can reach .05 after just one drink, while a man weighing up to 160 pounds reaches .05 after two drinks.

New approaches are needed to combat drunken driving, which claims the lives of more than a third of the 30,000 people killed each year on U.S highways — a level of carnage that that has remained stubbornly consistent for the past decade and a half, the board said.

"Our goal is to get to zero deaths because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable," NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said. "Alcohol-impaired deaths are not accidents, they are crimes. They can and should be prevented. The tools exist. What is needed is the will."

But the recommendation to lowering the alcohol content threshold to .05 is likely to meet strong resistance from states, said Jonathan Adkins, an official with the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices.

"It was very difficult to get .08 in most states so lowering it again won't be popular," Adkins said. "The focus in the states is on high (blood alcohol content) offenders as well as repeat offenders. We expect industry will also be very vocal about keeping the limit at .08."

The lower alcohol content threshold was one of nearly 20 recommendations aimed at reducing drunken driving made by the board, including that states adopt measures to ensure more widespread use of use of alcohol ignition interlock devices. Those require a driver to breathe into a tube, much like the breathalyzers police ask suspected drunken drivers to use.

The board has previously recommended states require all convicted drunken drivers install the interlock devices in their vehicles as a condition to resume driving. Currently, 17 states and two California counties require all convicted drivers use the devices.

However, only about a quarter of drivers ordered to use the devices actually end up doing so, NTSB said. Drivers use a variety of ways to evade using the devices, including claiming they won't drive at all or don't own a vehicle and therefore don't need the devices, staff said.

The board recommended the National Highway Safety Administration, which makes safety grants to states, develop a program to encourage states to ensure all convicted drivers actually use the devices. The board also recommended that all suspected drunken drivers whose licenses are confiscated by police be required to install interlocks as a condition of getting their licenses reinstated even though they haven't yet been convicted of a crime.

Courts usually require drivers to pay for the devices, which cost about $50 to $100 to buy plus a $50 a month fee to operate, staff said.

The board has previously called on the safety administration and the auto industry to step up their research into technology for use in all vehicles that can detect whether a driver has elevated blood alcohol without the driver breathing into a tube or taking any other action. Drivers with elevated levels would be unable to start their cars.

But the technology is still years away.

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Just make alcohol illegal all together, think of the LIVES that will be saved!!!
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Camper;101609 Wrote:Just make alcohol illegal all together, think of the LIVES that will be saved!!!

Should be easy enough since it isn't protected under the Bill of Rights. I'm sure the MSM will support it. Big Grin
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It wouldn't surprise me if this is a way the .gov is trying to reduce the number of LTCF/CCP holders there are. By making it much easier to get a DUI, the likelihood of multiple DUI convictions culminating in a prohibited offense increases significantly.

With how poorly the gun control attempts in congress have gone recently, it wouldn't surprise me if this was their motivation behind this.
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Wouldn't it be easier to say that owning a pet would make you ineligible to have guns or an LTCF/CCW?
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Quote:"Our goal is to get to zero deaths because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable," NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said. "Alcohol-impaired deaths are not accidents, they are crimes. They can and should be prevented. The tools exist. What is needed is the will."

This woman is living in an utopic fantasy land. This country went through Prohibition and people still drank lots of alcohol. I would LOVE to hear how she thinks we can achieve her goal of 0 deaths. I would cackle with laughter in her face.

If she wants to impose a high tech surveillance state slave grid where the police will show up the second they see alcohol being consumed thanks to your mandatory CCTV camera in every American home, business and car, then maybe that goal can be achieved. Smile
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Jon Doe;101630 Wrote:
Quote:"Our goal is to get to zero deaths because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable," NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said. "Alcohol-impaired deaths are not accidents, they are crimes. They can and should be prevented. The tools exist. What is needed is the will."

This woman is living in an utopic fantasy land. This country went through Prohibition and people still drank lots of alcohol. I would LOVE to hear how she thinks we can achieve her goal of 0 deaths. I would cackle with laughter in her face.

If she wants to impose a high tech surveillance state slave grid where the police will show up the second they see alcohol being consumed thanks to your mandatory CCTV camera in every American home, business and car, then maybe that goal can be achieved. Smile

She's right that they are preventable, but she's missing the fact that they are only preventable by the individual, not through legislation.
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spblademaker;101617 Wrote:Wouldn't it be easier to say that owning a pet would make you ineligible to have guns or an LTCF/CCW?

Not really. With trying to prohibit pet owners, the gun control group would provoke pro-pet groups to oppose them.

Also, with the DUI approach, people can show "genuine" concern for "public safety" with a much more insidious intention. They can also deny the gun control argument or at least downplay its effects. With prohibiting pet owners from owning a gun, this wouldn't so easily be the case.
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