NTSB Recommends Lowering Legal Blood Alcohol Content Limit
May 5, marked the 25th year to the day of the fiery crash between a school bus and a pickup truck near Carrollton, Kentucky. A total of 25 people died in that crash while 34 others suffered injuries. The pickup truck was driven by a drunken driver. The school bus was coming home from a church trip to Kings Island, an amusement park north of Cincinnati.
As reported by USA Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chose this date for a meeting at which the recommendation was made that all states should lower the blood alcohol content level that qualifies a driver to be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol from .08 percent to .05 percent.
The Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) has commended the NTSB for making the recommendation to lower the blood alcohol content limit. Spokesperson for the GHSA, Jonathan Adkins, said that his group does not expect states to lower the limit to .05 percent and added that it had been extremely difficult to get states to lower the limit from .10 percent to the current .08 percent.
The board’s recommendation was applauded by Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD), but that advocacy group is seeking to eliminate drunk driving completely by the use of better technology that would prevent convicted drunken drivers from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. MADD considers tragedies like the terrible crash near Carrolton to be completely preventable.
According to the NTSB, more than 100 countries have set the blood alcohol content limit at .05 percent. That makes the U.S. one of only a few developed nations with a higher blood alcohol content limit.
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