Story of the Week 6/2



With this press release from the National Transportation Safety Board, I pitched a local legislator reaction and finally got it in Saturday’s paper.

The release cites the NTSB’s recommendation to all 50 states to go from a .08 BAC (blood alcohol concentration) to a .05 BAC.

The reactions I got from our legislators and local law enforcement officials surprised me.

Local lawmakers on NTSB recommendation: DUI initiative is tough to swallow

Most were overwhelmingly not in favor of the measure, with many citing not enough information, costs and that the laws we have now for drunk driving are already sufficient.

Drunk driving laws have already helped to save thousands of lives annually. According to the NTSB, “the number of lives lost annually in alcohol-impaired-driver-related crashes declined 53 percent, from 21,113 in 1982 to 9,878 in 2011; and the percentage of highway fatalities resulting from alcohol-involved crashes is down from 48 percent in 1982 to about 31 percent today.”

That stat is one of probably thousands in the safety report released with the recommendation  It’s not an easy ready, but it certainly is something to check up on.

It’s pretty interesting to think about, but would it work?

I have no idea, but I’m curious as to what more studies and surveys would show us.

From what I was told this week, I don’t think it would get a lot of support from everyone. I think it could pass in Connecticut, but not without more information.

Another thing I found really interesting was this:

“According to information derived from the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) and the WHO, internationally, more than 100 countries have established maximum per se BAC limits at or below 0.05 (ICAP 2013 and WHO 2013b): these include 25 of the 27 EU member countries. The NTSB concludes that BAC levels higher than 0.05 are viewed by respected traffic safety and public health organizations around the world as posing unacceptable risk for driving, and more than 100 countries have already established per se BAC limits at or below 0.05,” the safety report reads.

That’s just another thing to think about.



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