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Should the drunk driving threshold be reduced to .05?

Many Michigan residents have heard about the rumors of reducing the national blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05. For many people, this could mean an end to going out for drinks after work or just having a few cocktails. At .05, the average woman would be considered drunk after just one drink, two for a man. Is reducing the legal drunk driving threshold really a wise decision? Or would it just lead to more arrests?

As graduation nears, many teens are tempted by underage drinking

As most Michigan high schools wrap up their proms, many students are nearing graduation. For many teens, this is a time to celebrate the end of the school year and a start to a new beginning. Unfortunately, the truth is, many of these graduating teens will celebrate with alcohol if they havent already. What they do not realize is that the state of Michigan has one of the toughest drunk driving laws in the nation, especially for residents who are underage.

Driverless car: The solution for drunk driving?

It is estimated that close to 10,000 Americans are killed every year from an alcohol related crash. Despite these numbers, drunk driving charges have consequences for both the victim and the offender. Between heavy fines to prolonged jail time, a DUI conviction has detrimental impacts on a person's life. Although some companies are looking to technological advances to change the way we operate vehicles, until then many drivers must contend with police stops and the potential of being charged with drunk driving.

Should the drunk driving threshold be reduced to a BAC of .05?

It may surprise many Michigan residents to think that in some parts of the United States, the legal blood alcohol content was .15 back in the early 80's. Over 30 years later, the limit was reduced nationwide to .08 but that may not even be low enough according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB recently recommended that all 50 states change their BAC level to .05 in the hope of reducing the number of deaths linked to drunk driving. What could this mean if passed? The questions many people are asking is if the reduced limit will really decrease the number of fatalities or just increase the number of drunk driving charges?

Underage drinking costs Michigan $2 billion annually

For many Michigan teens, prom is right around the corner. This milestone marks the end of high school for many teens. Somewhere between the school dance and the after party, many teens will be tempted with alcohol. Underage drinking is not a rare crime in America. In fact it was estimated that last month, 10 million people under the age of 21 consumed alcohol in America.

Michigan woman may face felony DUI for having kids in car

Drunk driving can often come with harsh penalties for many Michigan residents. From lengthy jail sentences to hefty fines, a DUI conviction is no walk in the park. Many offenders will continue to find consequences even after a sentence has been served. Having a DUI on one's record doesn't look the best when an offender is attempting to get a job. One Michigan woman has recently received attention for drunk driving charges including a felony DUI.

Deerfield principal charged with DUI after being "super drunk"

A drunk driving arrest can happen to anyone. But, just one drinking and driving mistake is all it takes for someone's life to change. Alcoholism and depression have been blamed for many DUIs, while others have been from poor judgment. For many offenders, a DUI can ruin their professional career. Between a suspended license to prolonged jail time, hiring someone with a DUI conviction is not easy. Recently, a Deerfield principal was arrested for a DUI and now could be facing some serious consequences.

New Michigan DUI law could change the BAC level

Every day numerous Michigan residents are arrested and charge with some form of drunk driving. In fact, just recently 433 people were arrested in a span of just under a month for drunk driving charges statewide. While the state blood alcohol limit is 0.08, many wonder how long before boat and snowmobiles have the same standard.

Over 400 Michiganders arrested in latest drunk driving crackdown

One of the most detrimental things to have on one's record is a DUI or DWI. One such accusation by police can potentially cost Michigan residents a lifetime of consequences. Between license suspension, large fines and jail time, DUI is a serious offense.