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NTSB: states should curtail drunk driving limit to .05 percent

A drunk driving conviction in New York is not a happening looked upon favorably by the state. Drivers can face a range of penalties, including up to a year in prison for even a first-time conviction of driving under the influence.

Many drivers inaccurately assume that only heavy and habitual drinkers find themselves convicted and punished for such an offense. However, many upstanding individuals in New York find themselves confronting drunk driving charges after just one too many drinks. The rate of individuals facing DUI or DWI charges in New York could increase if the legal limit of intoxication is lowered from the present blood alcohol level of .08 percent down to .05 percent, as recommended by a federal safety board.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a recommendation yesterday for states to curtail the threshold for driving intoxicated. The chairman of NTSB says of the recommendation, “Our goal is to get to zero deaths because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable. Alcohol-impaired deaths are not accidents, they are crimes. They can and should be prevented. The tools exist. What is needed is the will."

Reports appear to indicate that in other countries where this threshold is the standard, the rate of fatal accidents attributed to intoxicated drivers decreased. However, this recommendation is meeting opposition from several fronts that allege such a reduction could criminalize drinking just one or two glasses of wine at dinner.

Many feel more focus should be placed on punishing drivers most likely to cause a drunk driving accident: repeat offenders, and drivers arrested with high blood alcohol levels. It remains to be seen if New York will enact such a measure into law. Regardless, the serious consequences associated with a drunk driving conviction remain. Confronting DUI or DWI charges requires a strong and skilled defense, regardless of the circumstances leading up to arrest.

Source: News 12 Bronx, “Tougher drunken driving threshold recommended,” Joan Lowy, May 14, 2013

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