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Government Panel Wants Lower Drunk Driving Threshold

Drunk driving deaths “entirely preventable.”

by on Jan.19, 2018

There is a movement underway to lower the legal blood-alcohol content limit for drunk driving to 0.05.

You might have to skip that extra beer or third glass of wine, at least if you’re planning to then get behind the wheel of a car. A new government report recommends states significantly lower the level of alcohol in the blood that would be considered driving under the influence of alcohol.

In recent decades, a crackdown on drunk driving has had a significant impact, but an estimated 10,000 people a year still die in alcohol-related accidents and the figure has begun creeping back up, warned the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The worst part, a panel added, is that those deaths are “entirely preventable.”

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In the U.S., all states now count a blood alcohol level of 0.08% as driving under the influence. By comparison, the figure has dropped to 0.05% in much of Europe and as little as 0.02% in Norway and Sweden. The National Academies panel wants to see all U.S. states drop to 0.05%, the same figure went into effect in Utah Dec. 30. (more…)

Drunk Driving Deaths Rise in U.S.; Wyoming Tops in DUI Citations

New stats show 2016 expected to be worse than 2015.

by on Apr.19, 2017

Despite increased usage of ignition interlock devices, DUI-related deaths and injuries are on the rise.

After years of declines, traffic fatalities in the United States are on the rise, and unfortunately, that same trend is in place for DUI-related deaths and injuries too, according to new statistics.

Every day, 28 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash—that’s one person every 53 minutes, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data reveals.

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Although drunk driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades, the chance of being in an alcohol-impaired crash is still one in three during the course of a lifetime, the agency notes, adding that these deaths and damages contribute to a cost of $52 billion per year. (more…)

NHTSA Prototype Car Keeps Drunks Off Roads

Agency working with automakers to develop new system.

by on Jun.05, 2015

NHTSA is developing the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) to prevent drunk drivers from being able to start their cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled a prototype system for cars that can detect if the driver’s blood-alcohol concentration level is beyond the legal limit and prevent the vehicle from starting.

In partnership with several automakers, the safety agency, also known as NHTSA, is developing the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), which is a noninvasive system aimed at detecting when a driver is above the legal alcohol limit. The technology has been in development since 2008.

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While it is often in the headlines for its role in automotive recalls, NHTSA is responsible for the overall safety of U.S. roadways and projects like this are part of its mission, according to officials. The agency unveiled the prototype in Washington D.C. yesterday and it is exploring two ways to check the driver’s BAC level: a breath-based system and a touch-based system. (more…)