Feds Say States Must Take Lead on Lowering Blood-Alcohol Limit


Don't expect the federal government to lead the charge in embracing a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation to lower the blood-alcohol limit for drunken driving, says Politico. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said states, not the feds, should the lead on lowering the limit to 0.05 percent. The NTSB had recommended lowering the BAC limit to 0.08 percent in 1982. The last state didn't adopt it until 2003.

In May, the safety board recommended that Congress force states to lower the legal limit for drunken driving to 0.05 percent by withholding highway construction funds to states that don't. The average woman has a 0.05 percent blood-alcohol content after a single drink. While more than 100 countries have adopted the lower number, the proposal has been met with skepticism in the U.S., both from safety advocates and from congressional Republicans who support states' rights.

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