Feds Seek to Toughen Alcohol Limits for Drivers

Image: Feds Seek to Toughen Alcohol Limits for Drivers

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 10:35 AM

By Lisa Barron

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that the legal blood-alcohol content level for drivers should be cut by more than one-third.

The staff of the NTSB is calling on the government to reduce the so-called BAC from .08 percent to .05 percent, reports ABC News.

"It will happen," Robert Molloy of the NTSB tells the network, adding, "We are behind the world."

The federal government can only recommend to states what the blood alcohol count should be. Currently all 50 states use the .08 percent figure.

The NTSB staff is also asking for increased penalties for drunk drivers and more technology including a "sniffing flashlight" for police officers to detect the smell of alcohol.

The staff report concludes that if the BAC rule is lowered the move could save up to 800 lives a year, said ABC.

The American Beverage Institute, however, called the NTSB's recommendation "ludicrous" and the "latest attempt by traffic safety activist groups to expand the definition of 'drunk.'"

"Moving from .08 to .05 would criminalize perfectly responsible behavior," Sarah Longwell, managing director of ABI, told ABC.

"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," she said.







© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Joe Scarborough Denies Lobbying Hard for 'Meet the Press' Job

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 23:07 PM

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough denied reports Thursday that he and his Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski have been "aggress . . .

Laura Ingraham: Rand Paul Closest to Americans on Foreign Policy

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 21:43 PM

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, accused of being an isolationist by some fellow Republicans, is actually more in step with the  . . .

Legal Analyst Coffey: Ariz. Execution Won't Affect Death Penalty

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 20:22 PM

Don't expect Arizona's controversial execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood to put a damper on the death penalty, veteran lega . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved