Will lowering blood-alcohol limit curb drunken driving?

The NTSB wants to lower the BAC limit for drunken drivers.


n an effort to reduce the number of drunken driving deaths, the National Transportation Safety Board wants to lower the limit of blood-alcohol content for drivers.

The NTSB voted Tuesday to recommend states lower the BAC that constitutes drunken driving.

Currently, all states have a BAC limit of .08, which means that is the maximum percentage of alcohol, by volume, permitted in the blood for any driver. Officials now suggest that limit be dropped to .05.

According to the NTSB, nearly 10,000 people die in alcohol-related traffic crashes each year, with another 170,000 people injured. And, nearly four million people admit to getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

The United States is one of a small handful of countries with a BAC limit of .08, while most countries set their limit at .05.


Should the blood-alcohol level that constitutes a drunken driver be lowered? What can be done to reduce the number of drunken driver-related accidents in the United States? Share your thoughts below.