The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recently announced their recommendation for stricter drunk driving laws throughout the country. The NTSB is recommending that all states lower their legal limit of blood alcohol content (BAC) .05. Currently all fifty states and Washington D.C. have a BAC legal limit of .08. The state of Michigan is set to raise their BAC to .10 in October.
According to NTSB statistics, over 440,000 people have died as a result of alcohol-related auto accidents in the past thirty years. Every hour one person dies in a crash involving a drunk driver and 20 more people are injured. The federal agency predicts that lowering the limit will save between 500 to 800 lives per year.
According to a BAC calculator, if a 180 pound man drank four 12 oz. beers in a two hour period, his BAC would be .06. Currently, he would fall below the legal limit. But with the NTSB BAC recommendation, he could be charged with driving under the influence.
Other recommendations from the NTSB include:
- · Increase use of high-visibility enforcement;
- · Develop and deploy in-vehicle detection technology;
- · Require ignition interlocks for all offenders;
- · Improve use of administrative license actions;
- · Target and address repeat offenders;
- · Reinforce use and effectiveness of DWI courts.
If you or someone in your family has been a victim of a drunk driver, contact a Virginia personal injury law firm to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss. Our firm has successfully represented many clients, including a $300,000 award for a young woman who was struck by a drunk driver while walking on the sidewalk.
To learn about what types of damages are available through a personal injury claim, take a moment to read this article which discusses the possibility of obtaining damages to compensate for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. This link of FAQ’s also provides information if you’ve suffered a serious injury in an accident.