Experts: Lower Legal Blood Alcohol Levels to Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities

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A new report calls for lowering legal blood alcohol levels to reduce drunk driving deaths.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report recommends lowering legal blood alcohol levels for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), according to HealthDay.

The report also calls for increasing alcohol taxes significantly, strengthening policies to prevent illegal alcohol sales to people under 21 and to already-intoxicated adults, enacting all-offender ignition interlock laws, and providing effective treatment for offenders when needed.

“Strong evidence from the U.S. and other countries, such as Canada, shows that individuals convicted of alcohol-impaired driving who have ignition interlocks installed on their vehicles are less likely than others to be rearrested for alcohol-related driving or to crash while the device is installed,” the report states. “Therefore, all states should enact laws to require ignition interlocks — breath alcohol analyzers connected to the ignition system of a vehicle — for all offenders with a BAC above the limit set by state law.”

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