New York Lawmakers Weigh Changing How Drunk is Too Drunk to Drive

January 30, 2020by Denis Slattery, New York Daily News (TNS)
A pair of New York lawmakers want to lower the legal limit for drivers' blood alcohol content while the American Beverage Institute strongly opposes such measures. (Ilona Koeleman/Dreamstime/TNS)

ALBANY, N.Y. — A pair of New York lawmakers want to lower the legal limit for drivers’ blood alcohol content.

Currently, the legal driving blood alcohol limit .08, reflecting the percentage of alcohol, by volume, in the blood.

But Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and Sen. John Liu, both Democrats, want to lower the legal limit required for driving while intoxicated to .05, and for aggravated driving while intoxicated from .18 to .12.

“This bill is about bringing loved ones home safely,” Ortiz told the Daily News. “Reducing the BAC limit from .08 to .05 in New York will save lives. It’s common sense legislation.”

A memo accompanying the bill notes that each year nearly 10,000 people are killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers and more than 173,000 are injured.

Since the mid-1990s, the proportion of deaths from accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers has remained constant at around 30% of all highway fatalities. In total, nearly 440,000 people have died in alcohol related crashes.

“No one should have to suffer from the loss or injury of a loved one due to a driver impaired by alcohol. We have an obligation to make the roads safer for all travelers,” Ortiz added.

While all 50 states now have at least BAC level of .08, the National Transportation Safety Board recently issued a recommendation encouraging state to lower the blood alcohol content that constitutes drunk driving. In 2018, Utah became the first state to lower the mark to .05.

The American Beverage Institute, a D.C.-based trade group, strongly opposes such measures, noting on its website that “the move is an attack on the restaurant and hospitality industries and converts their responsible customers into criminals.”

———

©2020 New York Daily News

Visit New York Daily News at www.nydailynews.com

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

State News

Hart Mounts Challenge to Outcome in Iowa's Second District
State News
Hart Mounts Challenge to Outcome in Iowa's Second District
December 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WHEATLAND, Iowa - Democrat Rita Hart is challenging the vote totals in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, two days after a state board certified Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks the winner in a contest that came down to just six votes. The race is the closest federal election in... Read More

Iowa Canvassing Board Certifies Republican as Winner of 2nd District Race
State News
Iowa Canvassing Board Certifies Republican as Winner of 2nd District Race
November 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

In the end, it came down to a razor thin margin of six votes out of 394,441 cast, but that was margin enough for the Iowa state canvassing board Monday to declare Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks winner of the state's hotly contested 2nd Congressional District race. On... Read More

Q&A: Some Burning Questions for Georgia's Senate Runoffs
State News
Q&A: Some Burning Questions for Georgia's Senate Runoffs

ATLANTA — There are a few certainties about the all-important runoffs in Georgia: The Jan. 5 contests will decide control of the U.S. Senate, set soaring spending records, attract the shiniest stars from both parties and put Georgia at the center of the political universe. But much remains up in the air about... Read More

GOP Candidate Clings to 8-vote Lead in US House Race in Iowa
State News
GOP Candidate Clings to 8-vote Lead in US House Race in Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Republican candidate saw her vote lead dwindle to single digits Wednesday in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District as a dramatic recount moved toward a conclusion in a race that will help determine the size of Democrats’ majority in the House of... Read More

High Court Blocks NY Coronavirus Limits on Houses of Worship
Supreme Court
High Court Blocks NY Coronavirus Limits on Houses of Worship

WASHINGTON (AP) — As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court late Wednesday barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the... Read More

Uncalled House Race in Iowa Grows Ever Tighter
2020 Elections
Uncalled House Race in Iowa Grows Ever Tighter
November 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

Throughout the 2020 election cycle a persistent narrative was just how divided the United States has become. But an as-yet uncalled House race in Iowa is taking the concept of a nation equally divided between Republicans and Democrats to a whole new level. Since Monday, the... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top