By Kelsey Wagner |Staff Writer|
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently voted unanimously to recommend that the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level should drop from 0.08 to 0.05.
A report in the Los Angeles Times said the board blames nearly 10,000 deaths a year on drunk driving and claims the new standard could save up to 800 lives a year.
“On average, every hour one person is killed and 20 more are injured,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman NTSB Chairman.
Currently, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Canada and the United States are the few countries that have the 0.08 BAC level. In 2003, all 50 states were required to lower the BAC level to 0.08; previously each state had their own standard. Many other countries have 0.05 BAC levels or lower according to International Center for Alcohol Policies.
Some CSUSB students gave their opinion on the manner. “I think it is awesome, people should not drink and drive anyways,” said Tony Ochoa.
In 2010, the DMV reported that about 200,000 DUI arrests were made in CA with 13,000 DUI arrests in San Bernardino County.
Student Blanca Garcia believes the law will make drinkers more aware of how much they are drinking. “I think it is a good thing. It will scare people about drunk driving,” said Garcia. NTSB estimates about 500 to 800 lives will be saved annually if implemented into law.
“When Australia dropped its BAC level from .08 to .05, provinces reported a 5-18 percent drop in traffic fatalities,” said a report in NBC News
“A lot more people will go to jail, it will make people more conscious,” said George Mora.
Student Marysol Guzman thinks there will be more DUI stories of people waking up in jail.
According to NBC News, “studies show that each year, roughly 4 million people admit to driving while under the influence of alcohol.”