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Should the legal limit be lowered to 0.05 percent?

People who choose to get behind the wheel after drinking put your life, as well as the lives of other motorists on the road in direct danger. Anyone who has a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher runs the risk of being charged and convicted of drunk driving. Many people question, however, if the legal limit should be lowered, as people show symptoms of intoxication with BAC levels as low as 0.02 percent.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, people who have a blood alcohol level of 0.02 percent may experience loss of judgement and have trouble performing two tasks at the same time. Even the slightest distraction may mean trouble for people who are driving at this intoxication level. Once the BAC level reaches 0.05 percent, which is still under the legal limit, people may display exaggerated behaviors, have reduced coordination and have difficulty steering. Drivers at this BAC level may be slow to respond to emergency driving hazards, such as objects in the road, pedestrians, traffic signals and other drivers' erratic behavior.

Since the number of people who are killed or injured in drunk driving accidents continues to be a problem for many states across the nation, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended lowering the legal limit to 0.05 percent. This would allow law enforcement officers to apprehend drivers who are at this lowered level of intoxication. Research performed by the organization reported that this new legislation may save as many as 1,000 lives every year.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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