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Should DUI Alcohol Limit Be Lowered To 0.05 Percent?

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.

One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way.

On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent.

What do you think? Is the proposal reasonable?

About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year.

Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink.

People killed or injured by drunken drivers in Patch East Bay cities in 2010 (cities with 25,000-plus population; with ranking based on incidents per 1,000 population):

Alameda, 35 (Ranked 31st out of 103 in its population group)

Berkeley, 58 (Ranked 14th out of 53 in its population group)

Concord, 70 (Ranked 9th out of 53 in its population group)

Danville, 8 (Ranked 67th out of 93 in its population group)

Dublin, 13 (Ranked 53rd out of 93 in its population group)

Fremont, 72 (Ranked 36th out of 53 in its population group)

Livermore, 23 (Ranked 74th out of 103 in its population group)

Martinez, 6 (Ranked 74th out of 93 in its population group)

Newark, 8 (Ranked 68th out of 93 in its population group)

Pleasant Hill, 16 (Ranked 22nd out of 93 in its population group)

Pleasanton, 19 (Ranked 77th out of 103 in its population group)

San Leandro, 34 (Ranked 45th out of 103 in its population group)

San Ramon, 22 (Ranked 67th out of 103 in its population group)

Union City, 12 (Ranked 93rd out of 103 in its population group)

Walnut Creek, 19 (Ranked 69th out of 103 in its population group)

Michael poland May 14, 2013 at 09:25 PM
No. .08 is DUI and .05 is not. Yes, a person may have had a drink, but would not show impairment unless mixed with some drugs (legal or illegal).
Borris Batanov May 14, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Why don't they come up with a legal limit for the THC in all the stoners out there?
mike lyons May 15, 2013 at 12:02 AM
99.9% of people driving drunk and causing fatalities and accidents have a blood alcohol level way over .08 This attempt to legislate away DUI is not evidence based.
Timber May 27, 2013 at 10:56 PM
I'm glad some people see the light. Thanks mike lyons

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