Recently, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
has published a report outlining a plan for the U.S. government to reduce
the number of fatal drunk driving accidents each year. Commissioned by
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this panel
says the government should lower the legal drunk driving threshold from
0.08% to 0.05%. By doing this, the panel claims, the government could
effectively prevent the more than 10,000 deaths from drunk driving annually.
The panel also recommends increasing the tax on alcohol, promoting anti-alcohol
campaigns to raise awareness, and prohibiting the sale of alcohol to those
under the age of 21 who are already intoxicated. The panel says that these
procedures could help reduce the number of drunk driving accidents each year.
What This Means for Drivers in the U.S.
Right now, the current legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) threshold
is 0.08%. Lowering this limit to 0.05% would result in an increase of
DUI pull-overs and arrests. Even if you just have one drink, you could
be over this limit. There are a number of factors that influence how your
body processes alcohol.
- Your weight
- Your muscle mass
- Whether you have eaten any food
These factors could make it difficult to tell if you are over the legal
limit. A 150-pound man could be over the limit in 2 beers, while a 120-pound
woman could be over the limit with just one small drink. Because of the
adverse effects of alcohol on your ability to think and make rational
decisions, it is important to never drink and drive.
However, if you only had one drink and waited a while before starting on
the road, and you were pulled over and arrested for DUI, it is important
to have experienced legal representation. By lowering the legal limit,
the government would cause numerous drivers to face the severe and long-term
consequences of a drunk driving conviction, even if they barely had any
alcohol in their system.
If convicted of drunk driving, you may face fines, jail time, license suspension
or revocation, community service, probation, and other penalties. Furthermore,
a drunk driving conviction will go on your permanent record, making it
difficult to obtain certain jobs. The scientific panel is well respected,
and is pushing the government to make this legislative change. If the
legal BAC limit is lowered, you may face charges of drunk driving that
could negatively affect the rest of your life.
Defending the Rights of Those Charged with DUI for More Than a Decade
If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, the Law Office of Mark
W. Garka, PLLC can help. As a former prosecutor, our Snohomish County
DUI defense attorney knows how the other side thinks. We are dedicated
to defending the rights of clients charged with DUI, and will fight tirelessly
on your behalf as you seek a favorable outcome. The new pressure from
the national science panel to lower the legal drunk driving threshold
could result in many DUI arrests. Our firm is here to provide diligent
representation for your case.
Don't let one mistake ruin your future.
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