In the United States, an estimate of ten thousand people die every year on the roads due to accidents related to alcohol intoxication. In retaliation to such drastic claims, the National Transportation Safety Board has devised a bill for legislation would make it mandatory for all fifty states in the nation to adopt a new more stringent blood alcohol count of 0.05 instead of the slightly relaxed and more inebriated count of 0.08. If this fight against alcohol intoxication behind the wheel, it would only become a matter of time till it becomes a national epidemic.
Although there have been increased efforts by the federal departments to tackle this issue, a third of American accidents are caused due to drunk driving. Stronger state policies, stricter law enforcement, and stronger advocacy are required.
Through investigations, it has been observed that over 440,000 Americans have lost their lives on fatal accidents caused by such said factors over the last thirty years owing to the high BAC of 0.08. Imagine how much American lives would be saved if this limit was reduced to 0.05? Over 500-800 lives would easily be saved annually.
Many factors decide on an individual’s state of inebriation. Gender and weight influence an individual’s blood alcohol content. Unfortunately, due to the politics of the system, each state is free to fix its own BAC rate. Continuous regulation and measures can advocate safety by the NTSB on States through its law enforcement.
Law enforcement should have the authority to confiscate the license of first-time offenders who exceed the standard norms of BAC. They should also be enhanced with ignition locking devices that prevent the driver from starting and driving the car away when having their breath samples analyzed.
Unfortunately, through recent studies, it has been found that even the alternative count of 0.05 is still not sufficient enough. Inebriate drivers even at a blood alcohol count of 0.05 experiences a decline in both cognitive and visual functions imperative to safe driving. When compared to other countries, they follow a much less count of 0.05 and lower.