Drunk Driving Standards Moving Toward Lower BAC
During the decade
of the 1980s, most states dropped the standard for Blood Alcohol
Content (BAC) from .15 to .10. The 1990s saw a dozen states
lower the standard again - to .08. This standard is expected
to be adopted nationwide thanks to approval in Congress last
year of a provision which will cost states federal dollars
for failing to okay .08.
lag behind their European counterparts. Recent scientific
research shows that a person with .05 BAC is twice as likely
to cause an alcohol-related crash as a completely sober driver.
More than half the states that make up the European Union
have instituted laws mandating .05 or .06 as the new standard.
Sweden has an even more strict standard of .02.
Morning Report, April 25, 2001.
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