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Federal Agency Proposes Stronger Laws Targeting Drunk Drivers.June 21, 2013
As Buffalo personal injury attorneys, we have a great deal of experience suing drunk drivers and are well aware of the devastation they cause to innocent people. In an effort to control drunk driving, laws have become increasingly strict over the last two decades. Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that even stronger laws be put in place to help eliminate motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers.
Of the NTSB’s nineteen proposals, perhaps the most dramatic is a recommendation that states lower the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit– currently .08% in New York State – to .05%. In support of this recommendation, they cite research indicating that at .05% most drivers experience a decline in both mental functioning and visual acuity, greatly increasing the risk of a personal injury accident. Outside of the U.S., many countries – including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, and the Netherlands – already have legal BAC limits of .05%, while nations such as Norway, Russia and Sweden have an even lower legal limit of .02%.
The NTSB also recommended changes that would lead to wider use of ignition interlock devices by convicted drunk drivers, increased use of highly visible enforcement efforts such as sobriety checkpoints, and the use of passive alcohol sensors by police to detect alcohol vapor in the air.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, we can help. Please feel free to call us at 716-400-0000.