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: