Photo: Lower Legal Blood-Alcohol Levels
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in its advisory role has recommended the legal blood-alcohol level for all drivers be lowered to .05 from .08.
NTSB believes the change would save some 500-800 lives annually from traffic-related deaths. Currently drunk driving contributes to a third of all road accidents.
According to NPR, Latinos rank second only to Native Americans with their alcohol death rate on U.S. roads. The extent of the problem varies from state to state, but community leaders say “it seems worse in places where Latinos have newly immigrated.”
In a 2010 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Latinos were shown to be at great risk to die or injury from alcohol-related accidents. To make matter worse many Latino drivers, according to the study, do not believe driving while intoxicated is a “safety problem”.
The NTSB views drinking while driving a consistent threat to public safety, in spite of lower traffic fatality numbers over the last decade. There is much opposition from the restaurant, hotel and beverage industries to a lower standard of ‘driving under the influence’ (DUI).
The last drop in legal blood-alcohol levels dropped from .10 to .08 and took over 20 years to implement legislatively nation-wide.