Skip to comments.Even MADD Doesn't Just Want to Drop the Legal Limit for Drunk Driving
Posted on 05/18/2013 6:30:51 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
In an effort to cut down on the number of alcohol related accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board wants to lower the legal limit for driving from a 0.08 to 0.05 blood alcohol content in all states. That doesn't mean post-dinner-out driving standards will be more exacting anytime soon, though indeed, the fight is just now underway, and from some of the most unlikely of people.
Of course, the NTSB can't order the state or federal governments to do anything. They can only make recommendations about that one fewer beer. In fact, the recommendation to lower the legal limit isn't even receiving overwhelming support from those who typically campaign against drunk driving. "We don't expect any state to go to .05," said Jonathan Adkins, a (very realistic) Governors Highway Safety Association spokesman. "This recommendation is ludicrous," said Sarah Longwell, the (bottom line-focused) managing director of the American Beverage Institute. Even Mothers Against Drunk Driving the lobbying group that won a string of victories in getting the national BAC levels in every state down from around 0.15 to 0.08 in the first place isn't crazy about the new idea. They "would not oppose" the change, as the Times puts it, but ultimately the group supports other potential changes. This is the board "trying to focus on a group of people who are more social drinkers, who haven't been targeted in a while," said MADD rep J.T. Griffin, clearly seeking more widespread efforts on drunk driving.
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They also have no comment on the propensity of illegal aliens to drive drunk and kill Americans.
“Drunks Against Madd Mothers” want it raised!
Of course, the NTSB can’t order the state or federal governments to do anything. They can only make recommendations about that one fewer beer.
Obviously written by a naive fool .... remember back to the 55 mph “suggestions”. You could ignore the mandate but the Feds would reduce or eliminate Federal matching funds for US Highway building and maintenance in the states refusing ... just ask Texas and several other Western states.
They could easily solve the problem by getting illegal mexicans off our roadways.
In Texas the EPA has been setting speed limits in major cities like Houston (can’t go above 60 on the highways because of “pollution”).
When the NTSB proposes to outlaw driving if over 80 years old, unless the driver can pass a simulator test, then I’ll know they’re serious.
But this reeks of an agency trying to look important enough to survive the 2% budget cut of sequester.
If your gonna be drinkin just call a taxi! Is what we do and the night is lighter and more fun a $20.00 cab beats $3000.00
And no worries! If you have a DD fine but don’t trust them they will want to join the party! I know it his or her liscense but it’s your life!
We have a party bus also that drops off and picks us all up for tips only! and works out good!
Puritans are people who are deathly afraid someone, somewhere might be haing fun.
This has less to do with drinking than it does control.
Correlation doesn't equal causation.
I understand that but guess what they do have control!
There are efforts being made to require that all persons working in a bar (including bands and strippers) have a BAC of 0.03 or below.
Sweden’s BAC is 0.01.
It’s a neoprohibitionist movement. Driving is just one part of it.
Near Dallas a couple of years ago, they were writing PI fines for adults ($500, no breath/blood test needed). Basically if you are observed drinking more than 2 adult beverages in an hour, you can be busted.
They are still deathly afraid to use the same severity on those caught driving-while-texting.
Niemöller just rolled over in his grave...
Drunk driving is SUCH a major problem in my state. We have SUCH a culture of drinking it’s absolutely weird and foreign to anyone looking at us from the outside! It embarrasses me, but I am obviously quite alone on this issue for some reason.
Why NONE of my legislators (or my Rock Star Governor) will address this issue and put some TEETH into our laws is BEYOND me. How many MORE innocent people have to DIE due to drunk people being allowed to drive around?
I SO hate to sound like one of those MADD Moms - and I’ve not lost anyone that I know personally to a drunk driver, but it still bugs the cr@p outta me!
Seriously! The latest legislation introduced deals with these selfish, alcohol-soaked, MURDERERS when they’re already on their 6th, 7th, 8th DUI ARREST!
It’s absolute insanity!
Be glad you don’t live in Texas. Drunk driving is rampant here. Texas is one of about 10 states that DO NOT have DWI checkpoints.
Our drunk driving fatalties are nearly the highest in the nation.
Targeting? I thought profiling was wrong.
In Texas the EPA has been setting speed limits in major cities like Houston (cant go above 60 on the highways because of pollution).”
Well, we have our usual May pollution but it’s coming from all the burning that Mexico, Central and South American do at least once a year.
I live near Houston and I can guarantee you that if traffic permits driving 80 you better get with it you will get run over. Tooling along at 60 when you could be doing at least 75 in the far left lane is not permitted.
I have always thought it was interesting how anyone can justify selling gasoline and alcohol at the same place. Seems to me like I’ve read lots of articles lately about illegals being arrested for their 5th or more DWI. When I bought gas last week guy coming out of the quick stop had 4 very large cans all in brown bags. And he certainly wasn’t Amish or Black!
Also wonder if deaths would go down if you couldn’t buy cold beer anywhere in the state but had to buy it non-refrigerated from package stores.
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