According to ABC News 7, a “U.S. government-commissioned report by a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recommends significantly lowering the drunken-driving threshold from .08 to .05.” The main goal of the drop is to aid in reducing the number of alcohol-impaired deaths that occur each year in America. “Driving under the influence is blamed for some 10,000 deaths a year…Each day, 29 people in the U.S. die in alcohol-related crashes. Forty-percent of those killed are not the drunken driver.”
When, asked about the proposed change, Southern California residents differed in their responses:
“I think people need to be far more safe about what they drink, and if there's other options instead of driving, they should take that option. But if lowering it is going to help, of course we should,” said Yulianna Valtierra, a Pasadena resident.
“I think that's a bad thing, actually because I think people should be able to go out and have a drink and then come home. I think that's responsible,” said Carla Commagere, a Laguna Beach resident.
Whether the threshold is lowered to .05, or kept where it stands at .08, an accusation of driving under the influence can be confusing and frustrating. If you or someone you care about has been accused of DUI, it is critical to speak to an experienced DUI defense attorney at the Kann California Defense Group as soon as possible. There are many aspects of that day and event you will need to remember that can be crucial to your defense. These include remembering your activities that day, how much sleep you got, what you ate, and, most importantly, your interaction and conversations with police officers. At Kann California Defense Group we have experienced DUI lawyers that understand the defense strategies needed to reduce or even dismiss the charges filed against you. Get in touch with one of our attorneys to review the events regarding your DUI arrest and discuss how we can help you. Call us at 888-744-7730 or use our online contact form now.