To reduce the number of highway fatalities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposes that the legal limit for driver blood alcohol content be lowered from 0.08 to 0.05.
Some critics argue that the legal blood alcohol level has already been reduced from 0.10 to 0.08 in most states. However, Thomas Esposito, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns in the Department of Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center, said, “The rationalization by critics that it penalizes the person who only occasionally has “one too many” or who only drinks “socially” makes no sense,” Esposito says. “One too many is just that; it’s about impairment, not the number of drinks.”
Drunk driving has a very high price tag. Alarming statistics highlight its harmful effects on our nation. In 2011, 9,858 people were killed, 350,000 injured and $132 billion spent due to alcohol-related driving. It stands to reason that if one allows an alcohol dependency to worsen, he/she will be endangering their life as well as the life of others when operating a motor vehicle.
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