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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?

Being convicted of a drunk driving charge can provide detrimental impacts to both the offender as well as anyone injured from a drunk driver. Between a lengthy prison sentence and numerous gratuitously high fines, a DUI conviction can be damaging to one's future. For many Americans, enjoying a few beers while going out for dinner or having a martini at a girlfriend's house is part of society. The current threshold of .08 is there to give many individuals a little leg room when it comes time to drive home.

While this leg room is abused in numerous cases, it is often used responsibly for many people. Reducing the threshold to .05 would eliminate most of this leg room, increasing an individual's chances of getting a DUI. In a study conducted by one state, only 2 percent of drivers involved in a drunk driving crash had a BAC of less than .05. Most drivers that caused drunk driving collisions had a BAC over .20, surpassing Michigan's threshold for "super drunk" driving at .17.

Regardless or not if the new threshold is put into law, a drunk driving conviction can lead to many problems for offenders. Michigan residents facing a DUI or similar drunk driving charges may find an attorney to be helpful.

Source:, "Education better option to reduce drunken driving," May 28, 2013

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