I read this a few seconds ago and given that a lot of people do, in fact, get injured or killed in alcohol-related accidents, I can see why the NTSB is suggesting that the legal limit should be dropped from .08 to .05. While the NTSB has no powers to enact laws in this, they can suggest such thing since they’re tasked with transportation safety – we know them best for investigating airplane crashes.
I don’t doubt the numbers the NTSB quotes and while it would probably save lives, there’s also another thing it’ll do that the article didn’t mention: Allow for more people to get busted for DUI/DWI, which means more money in tickets and fines for all the police agencies – this would be a boon for all the cash-strapped municipalities.
What makes me laugh ironically is that the NTSB is bringing this up at a time where I’ve been seeing more commercials on TV for vodkas and rums, with the occasional whiskey tossed in for good measure. These folks are advertising to get people to buy their products along with the warning to drink responsibly… but I’m kinda wondering how lowering the limit is going to allow people to do that – they didn’t bother to mention how many drinks the average person would have to consume to reach a BAC of .05… and I’m guessing it wouldn’t take a whole lot for a person to be found legally drunk.
It took over twenty years for all the states to conform to the .08 limit, which used to be 1.0 – and then it took Washington to threaten to cut-off federal funding for stuff to get some states to enact the new .08 law; with this new recommendation, it gets me wondering how long this lowering of the legal limit will take and, then, how many people are going to have to get their lives fucked up or ended before Washington agrees that there should be a new law.