Currently, about one-third of annual traffic fatalities (10,000-15,000) are caused by drunk driving. While focus has increased on distracted driving – talking and texting on mobile phones – drunk driving fatalities have remained essentially unchanged for more than 15 years, and it’s taken a publicity backseat.
Back in the 1980’s and early 1990’s alcohol traffic fatality statistics dropped significantly when the legal drinking age was raised to 21 and allowable blood alcohol levels were lowered to 0.08%. What is it now going to take to save those 10,000-15,000 lives? Would lowering the allowable blood alcohol level to 0.05% be a step in the right direction? If not, are there other measures we could take to help keep drunk drivers off the road and save innocent lives?
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