…But It Will Save Lives

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And if only one life is saved, then blah, blah, blah…

The current allowable BAC level is 0.08 but through the genius of government statistics they determined that a person with 0.05 is less impaired than if they had a BAC of 0.08.  What a mind-blowing revelation.

The question no one asks is whether Person A while being highly impaired is actually a better and safer driver than Person B with not an ounce in their system.  Not everyone is at the same starting point before “impairment.”  But that is the type of question that makes collectivists heads hurt.

Unsurprisingly, the lives that could be saved is the focus put forth but it is a front.  If it is further lowered it will not be for “safety”, it will be so the thugocracy can pull over more people, collect more fines, more court fees and infringe on our rights more freely and completely.  And if the issue is met with any resistance from liberty-minded people they will be labeled as pro-drunk driving and pro-death for being against this this valiant collectivist effort (sarcasm end).

This is in our future, make sure you have your “papers” handy.

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NTSB recommends lowering blood alcohol level that constitutes drunk driving

John Giles/PA wire file

The National Transportation Safety Bureau recommended Tuesday to lower the legal blood-alcohol content level to .05 from .08.

By Tom Costello, Correspondent, NBC News

WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board voted to recommend to states that they lower the blood-alcohol content that constitutes drunk driving.

Currently, all 50 states have set a BAC level of .08, reflecting the percentage of alcohol, by volume, in the blood. If a driver is found to have a BAC level of .08 or above, he or she is subject to arrest and prosecution.

The NTSB recommends dropping that to a BAC level of .05.

Each year, nearly 10,000 people die in alcohol-related traffic accidents and 170,000 are injured, according to the NTSB. While that’s a big improvement from the 20,000 who died in alcohol-related accidents 30 years ago, it remains a consistent threat to public safety.

Karolyn Nunnallee, a mother who lost her daughter Patty in the deadliest drunk-driving accident in in 1988 and served as a president of MADD, speaks ahead of the 25 anniversary of the Carrollton, Ky., bus collision.

Studies show that each year, roughly 4 million people admit to driving while under the influence of alcohol.

The recommendation prompted immediate criticism from restaurant trade groups.

“This recommendation is ludicrous,” said Sarah Longwell, managing director of American Beverage Institute. “Moving from 0.08 to 0.05 would criminalize perfectly responsible behavior.

“Further restricting the moderate consumption of alcohol by responsible adults prior to driving does nothing to stop hardcore drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.”

The United States, Canada and Iraq are among a small handful of countries that have set the BAC level at .08. Most countries in Europe, including Russia, most of South America and Australia, have set BAC levels at .05 to constitute drunken driving.

When Australia dropped its BAC level from .08 to .05, provinces reported a 5-18 percent drop in traffic fatalities.

The NTSB reports that at .05 BAC, some drivers begin having difficulties with depth perception and other visual functions.  At .07, cognitive abilities become impaired.

At .05 BAC, the risk of having an accident increases by 39 percent. At .08 BAC, the risk of having an accident increases by more than 100 percent.

The NTSB believes that if all 50 states changed their standard to .05, nearly 1,000 lives could be saved each year.  It is also considering other steps to help bring down the death rates on America’s roads.

The NTSB is an investigative agency that advocates on behalf of safety issues.  It has no legal authority to order any change to state or federal law. It would be up to individual states whether to accept the NTSB’s recommendation, and up to the Department of Transportation whether to endorse the recommendations.

The last move from .10 to .08 BAC levels took 21 years for each state to implement.

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  2. “If a driver is found to have a BAC level of .08 or above, he or she is subject to arrest and prosecution.”

    Whether the LEGAL limit is 0.05 or 0.08, why the “prosecution” if AT the legal limit? That doesn’t happen with speed limits. I’d be arguing all the points raised by Tor and Boothe to the judge as well.

    Australia is now consistent across all 8 states being 0.05. Why there was ever a difference, or should be, is plainly unclear. With inconsistencies between states and countries, why have a limit at all? People are still people. Of course, there’s still the question of driving ineptness before any intoxication.

    People still get caught every day at all BAC readings. Limits don’t seem to make much of a difference, except to give cops probable cause to do anything they like after the stop.

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  3. Okay, if it’s for our safety, let’s get doctors’ fatal errors under control first. Since plausible estimates are anywhere from 98,000 to 195,000 average annual preventable deaths in the USSA are attributable to “medical errors” (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/11856.php), how about we start putting some emphasis on “doctor control.” The NTSB’s “nearly 1000 lives could be saved” hooey, if true, is insignificant compared to the veritable holocaust of medical errors, over use of prescription drugs and nosocomial infections each year. Some accounts attribute 100,000 annual deaths to prescription drug side effects alone. No. This is about revenue and control, nothing more.

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