BAC Seat Driving

Published by MyOpinionNow
Jun 3 2013

BAC Seat Driving

             The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently recommended in their report “Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Alcohol-Impaired Driving” that all states cut their legal drinking limit for operating a motor vehicle to .05% blood alcohol content (the percentage of alcohol by volume in the blood).  According to the results of our latest poll, the MyOpinionNow community supports the NTSB’s latest proposition. More than 50% of respondents expressed that the blood-alcohol content threshold should be lowered from its current level of .08%, however, the results were not overwhelmingly in favor of stricter limits. 

            While the NTSB believes that nearly 1,000 lives could be saved each year if all 50 states adopt the new standard, opponents of the May report including the American Beverage Institute, argue that the change would potentially criminalize responsible behavior.  Sarah Longwell, Managing Director of the Institute, contends that, "Further restricting the moderate consumption of alcohol by responsible adults prior to driving does nothing to stop hard-core drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel."  Statistics provided by the NTSB show that drivers with a .05 to .08 BAC represent only 8% of all drivers involved in fatal accidents and that more than 70% of alcohol impaired fatalities are caused by drivers with at least .15%. 

            Now that the poll has closed, we’d like to hear the voices behind your votes.  Please share your reactions to the NTSB’s recommendation in the comment section below:        

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Comments (17) -

  • Alice Blenman says:
    1/1/2018 2:14 PM

    It's a good idea to lower the blood alcohol level.However, people will always sidestep rules. What is needed is total respect for another human being's life. That is lacking in the world we live in right now. Love for our fellow human escapes all minds until a tragedy comes our way. We always feel it will never happen to us. We always feel we have everything under control. We also think, especially in the USA, we have the right to do whatever we want, or whenever. That self-pleasing attitude is what's causing more of our problems than we realize. We need something of a greater power than what human beings can provide to solve the problems that we have brought upon ourselves.

  • Joseph Howell says:
    1/15/2016 2:58 PM

    I have lost close friends to drunk drivers and feel that Zero tolerance ia also the way to go. I also believe that part of the restitution should be for them to speak to others about the penalty and affect the drunk driving had on them and their families.

  • Danny White says:
    10/6/2015 1:31 PM

    Not an easy solution hear. People have problems, want to escape them somehow? Some use alcohol some use drugs, ***, $, work.... Public campaign to demoralize might help some? Kind of like what they have been doing with smoking. But has it really stopped people from smoking? Even tho it is a dumb thing to do.people want to be happy n cool. Alcohol and smoking helps that. Drunk driving? They still drive even if you take away there licence. If they have the $ to do so.Maybe making them pay restitution would help? Seat belt cl***es helped to get most everyone to wear a seat belt. Educational cl***es on the damages of drunk driving? Stronger penalties? AA?

  • Shirley Davis says:
    7/24/2015 5:58 PM

    What about the police officers who enforce these laws. We the people should have the ability to ask any officer who makes a traffic stop to submit to a Breathalyzer test if he has the smells like he's been drinking. Today our justice system has failed us. I protest drinking and driving. No one has the right to decide to risk our lives so that they can drink and drive. If you cant afford a ride home don't drink until you get home. I personally know that our law enforcement gives a gun and a badge to way too many individuals who shouldn't even have a license to drive. And they want to take our guns away. Great

  • Mark Williams says:
    2/7/2015 6:40 PM


  • Hans Mejia says:
    1/24/2015 9:49 AM

    I agree don't drive drunk stop accidents...

  • Daniel Londono says:
    1/22/2015 8:51 PM

    I agree 100%. Don't drink and drive. it can cause your life or someone elses

  • Shakika Mckoy says:
    1/3/2015 11:50 PM

    Positive energy

  • Dennis Hoevelmann says:
    12/29/2014 10:20 AM

    i agree that you should lower the level for dwi. i have also aways had a problem that when many get initially get arrested for dwi that a plea deal is reached on a lessor charge. also how often do you hear about the person who gets arrested for their 10 or 12 dwi. this too me indicates that the system isn't working. the number of people killed by drunk drivers is beyond belief. something has to change

  • Elizabeth Badillo says:
    11/21/2014 2:56 PM

    They should really stop tge drunk driving less accidents, whicb means less innocent peolple die.

  • Cindy Dominguez says:
    10/14/2014 1:27 PM

    wow so cool . i love seeing picture like, you can creat soooooo many different stories based on glade at the picture.

  • Sharon Sereda says:
    4/6/2014 2:36 AM

    Of course drunk drivers suck. However, this type of thing is just to get more money for the courts. DUIs are lucrative. Last time I went in for a traffic ticket- they required I go to court. There was no option to pay by mail. Because going to court, you must pay court costs. Also, the room was so packed some people couldn't sit and most of them had more that one ticket, some were frivolous, but more tickets = more $$$. So, in conclusion, don't even kid yourself that something like this is because politicians want roads to be safer and to punish drunk drivers. It's all about the dough.

  • Melissa Hachemi says:
    1/15/2014 12:27 AM

    Wow crazy

  • Annemarie Smith says:
    12/20/2013 4:19 AM

    I've got to agree with Rok on this tolerance is the way to go on this one, Rok, I agree with you there! If you're a drunk, DON'T GET BEHIND THE WHEEL, ***! nobody wants to pour you into or out of a vehicle!

  • Zahryn Martinez says:
    7/21/2013 11:33 PM

    so sad

  • Rok Kellogg says:
    6/18/2013 7:37 AM

    We lost our 14 year old son, Kyle, RIP, to a drunk driver in 1984. I was disabled for life in that accident too. Luckily my wife was not in the car with us or she would have also been injured and or killed. And the person that was behind the wheel drunk didn't even get a scratch!! I say ZERO tolerance for anyone behind the wheel of a motor vehicle with any amount of alcohol in their system, period!!!!!!

  • Angel Solis says:
    6/7/2013 4:17 PM

    Good one.drunk driving is bad and kills people everyday and year

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