New York Lawmaker Proposes Stricter Drunk Driving Limit
In an effort to reduce car accidents and fatalities caused by drunk drivers, legislation is being introduced to lower the blood alcohol limit.
New York State Assembly Member Felix Ortiz has put legislation back into play that would lower the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) from .08 to .05%, according to a press release on his website. The release cites a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that says lowering the BAC limit would be a way to reduce the 10,000 fatalities that result yearly from those driving while intoxicated.
From my perspective, I am a guy that always feels the fewer laws we have the better. But in this case, this is one of those common sense things I can get behind. Let's be honest, it is safest to drive after not drinking at all, right? And even in an age of Uber and Lyft where it has never been easier to get ride home if someone has had a little too much, all to frequently you read about DUI arrests or even worse, DUI related fatalities.
Anything to further discourage someone from getting behind the wheel after a few too many drinks is a good thing. If anything, maybe the lower limit will help people stop and think a little more before getting behind the wheel, and have them pull up the Uber app to get ride home.