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"More than 100 countries have adopted the .05 alcohol content standard or lower, according to a report by the staff of the National Transportation Safety Board. In Europe, the share of traffic deaths attributable to drunken driving was reduced by more than half within 10 years after the standard was dropped, the report said."
My own opinion on this is it is over the top. I was not much in favor of dropping it from .10 to .08 and am sure against dropping it to .05
I think the same basic premise for the gun ownership/rights debate that is going on currently applies here. It is not the law abiding drinker who has 1 maybe 2 drinks in an hour or two and drives home that kills people it's the chronic drunk driver who thinks they're superman behind the wheel and regularly drives at .12 or .15 - I gather to say many of us could drive perfectly fine at .08 and even .10
Last year I for sure thought I was stung at a checkpoint after a night of drinking downtown with friends. I had a few, maybe 5 or 6 over 3 or 4 hours but when asked I told the officer I did drink that night and he gave me a breahalizer through the window which I never saw the number but he let me through so I have to assume it was .079 or lower, but I could almost guarantee it was between .05 and .08.
It's late and I don't have the stats but would this result in less fatalities? I don't think so. This just seems like many more needless DUI offenses on mostly law abiding individuals' records and increased tickets and insurance premiums for offenders.