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NTSB Recommends Lowering DUI BAC Limit

Under current Arizona law, drivers with a blood-alcohol content above 0.08% can be arrested for a DUI violation. Drivers with a BAC less than 0.08% can be charged with impairment, and in Arizona, we have a 'zero tolerance' law for anyone under the age of 21. Underage drivers can be charged with a drinking violation if any trace of alcohol is found in their system. The BAC limit for commercial drivers is 0.04%. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) believes that it would benefit the public if states lowered the drinking threshold to 0.05% BAC. According to their studies, the NTSB believes that a lower threshold could save as many as 1,000 lives per year.

Some critics say that a 0.05% limit would mean that individuals would be at risk for a DUI arrest after only one glass of wine at dinner. After two glasses, the average male would be almost certain to receive a DUI charge if arrested while behind the wheel. Critics also say that the limit would unneccesarily criminalize social drinking and the American Beverage Association says that it may discourage individuals from ordering alcohol at restaurants and bars over the weekend.

Still, the NTSB argues that an average of 10,000 people die in alcohol-related crashes every year. The NTSB is petitioning the federal government to consider lowering the drinking limit in order to encourage less alcohol-consumption and keep intoxicated drivers off the street. If the BAC limit is lowered, it will undoubtedly lead to more arrests. If DUI laws are changed in the State of Arizona, individuals will need to understand how these changes will impact them and make appropriate adjustments in order to avoid DUI charges. If you need a lawyer for a DUI case in Mesa, Arizona, then you need to call The Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew today for more information. Call (480) 630-2480 today for assistance in your case.

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