Can Lower BAC Law Decrease Need for DWI Online Education?

by: Mike Miller

Do you think the legal limit for the amount of alcohol in the blood stream, known as blood-alcohol content, should be reduced? When I was a kid the legal limit was .10. With Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) helping wage a crusade the legal limit was legally changed to .08.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is recommending that the legal limit be lowered to .08. Its claim is that more than 100 countries currently have a standard of .05 or lower. Keep in mind that many of these countries are in the Middle East where alcohol is banned entirely and a DUI violation could result in a death sentence!

As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol, drug and DUI classes I am totally against DUI behavior. However, this law may cross a barrier. I am certainly not opposed to responsible drinking.

A BAC of .05 equates to about one drink for a woman of 120 pounds or less and two drinks for a man of 160 pounds.

I will be very interested to follow this recommendation as it moves along. My gut tells me it will fail. We will look at this in future blogs as well.