The National Transportation Safety Board (sometimes referred to as the “NTSB), an independent federal agency charged by Congress to investigate accidents involving all modes of transportation and which advocates on behalf of public safety issues, has recently voted to recommend that all fifty states should change their current legislation to lower the blood-alcohol content (“BAC”) from 0.08 to 0.05. Currently, all fifty states have legislation that makes it illegal for drivers to be operating a motor vehicle if the driver has a BAC level of 0.08 or higher.
Under the NTSB’s recommendation, states should make it illegal for anyone to be driving who has a BAC of 0.05 or higher. The United States is one of a handful of countries that still has a BAC level at 0.08. This is because most countries in Europe, South America, and Australia have in place legislation that makes it illegal for individuals to drive with the lower BAC level of 0.05.
To support its recommendation, the NTSB asserts that many drivers already experience some visual impairment such as depth perception with a BAC of 0.05. The NTSB further claims that the individual’s cognitive abilities become impaired when the person has a BAC of 0.07. Moreover, when an individual has a BAC of 0.05, the individual’s risk of getting into a car accident increases by 39%. Shockingly, when the individual’s BAC is at 0.08, the individual’s risk of getting into a car accident increases to more than 100%.
Although the NTSB has no authority to enact laws, its recommendations and reports are highly persuasive. It will be interesting to see how state legislatures use this information.
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