The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently recommended that all states, including Florida, lower their blood-alcohol content (BAC) legal limit from 0.08 to 0.05. This recommendation comes as an effort to lower drunk driving accidents in Orlando and across the nation.
There are a number of reasons the NTSB cites for making this proposed change. Here are a few:
- Reduce the risk of drunk driving accidents– The NTSB found a person is 38% more likely to get in a car accident with a BAC of 0.05 than when they are sober. This number increases to over 100% with a BAC of 0.08.
- Take the same precautions as other countries– America is one of the few countries in the world with a legal driving limit of over 0.05. Using data from these other countries, the NTSB determined that a lower BAC legal limit could decrease the risk of accidents and death.
- Reaction times slow as your BAC increases –Although there is no hard evidence to show a significant decrease in reaction time with 0.05 BAC or 0.08 BAC, some studies suggest that it could have an impact. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute surveyed and tested people leaving a bar and noticed that there were deficits in sobriety tests when the BAC was 0.05.
Drunk driving remains a main cause for Orlando car accidents. Usually, the most severe car accidents in Orlando that involve drunk driving show the drivers have far higher BAC levels than the current legal limit.
As an Orange County, FL personal injury law firm, it is our hope that this new proposal will help shed light on the dangers of drunk driving and discourage people from getting behind the wheel of their car after having too many drinks. If you do drink, limit yourself to one drink, always drink with food, and wait to drive at least two hours after having your first drink.
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