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Experts suggest lowering .08 drunk driving limit

Posted at 5:50 PM, Jan 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-18 17:50:03-05

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report recommending states lower the legal drunk driving limit. The limit right now is .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), but the panel is suggesting lowering it to .05.

The report also suggested states increase their alcohol taxes and make alcohol less readily available. To do so it proposed decreasing the hours during which alcohol may be sold, and cracking down even more on underage drinking.

The panel cited 10,000 alcohol-related driving deaths per year in the U.S. in its findings. It says those deaths are "entirely preventable."

Right now all 50 states have the .08 BAC law in effect. However, Utah passed a law last year lowering the limit to .05 - taking effect December 30.