BAC Limit Change Could Save Young Drivers' Lives

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Recently the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published a report suggesting that the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for driving should be lowered from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. The report has received widespread media attention as safety officials ponder the potential effects.

Proponents believe the change in the legal limit could save many lives, particularly for young drivers. Impaired drivers cause about 10,000 deaths every year, with about half of the drivers having a BAC level of .16 percent or less. The risk is higher for less experienced drivers.

Young drivers (ages 16-26) cause the most auto fatalities in the nation, regardless of the amount of alcohol consumption. Of the young drivers who cause fatal accidents, 21 percent have at least some alcohol in their system—a larger percentage than any other age group. When looking at statistics of accident fatalities that were caused by drivers in the range that the NTSB suggests should be outlawed (0.05 percent to 0.07 percent), drivers below the age of 26 cause the majority of the accidents.

Were You Injured by a Drunk Driver?

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"Young Drivers and Alcohol: A Deadly Mix." The New York Times. May 27, 2013.