The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued a recommendation to reduce the illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) per se limit from .08 to .05 or lower in the U.S. to save lives and prevent injuries. The recommendation would bring the U.S. standard in line with more than 100 nations including Australia, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, South Africa, and Spain. In 2011, 9,878 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the U.S., accounting for 31% of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities nationwide. More than 180,000 people were injured, and drunk driving crashes now cost America $130 billion annually. Alcohol Justice stands with the NTSB in supporting the recommended limit change as an important step to save lives and prevent alcohol-related harm.
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