.05 BAC Limit on NTSB Most Wanted List

February 12, 2016

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently revealed its 2016 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements, titling it a “road map from lessons learned to lives saved.” Some of the items on this list include: promoting the availability of collision avoidance technology, the enforcement of laws mandating seatbelt use and age-appropriate child restraints, and the completion of rail safety initiatives. In addition to those items, the NTSB has given their recommendation to lower the blood alcohol content to .05 in order to reduce deaths and injuries on highways.

Thirty-one percent of all traffic accidents in the U.S. involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Each year, drunk driving costs the U.S.130 billon dollars. The NTSB has previously recognized that nearly half of alcohol-related deadly crashes would decrease if the alcohol legal limit is reduced. They also acknowledged that impairment starts before a person hits the .08 level, nearly doubling the risks of a deadly crash. As the NTSB continues to advocate for lowering the BAC limit, it's time for our government to respond and take action.

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