NTSB Recommends Lowering DUI Limit to .05% Blood Alcohol Content

May 23, 2013

To reduce fatal crashes, the National Traffic Safety Board issued a report recommending states to lower the blood alcohol level that qualifies for a DUI from .08% to .05%. According tot he report, bold steps are needed: On average, every hour, one person dies in a crash involving a drunk driver and 20 more people are injured, including three with debilitating injuries. That adds up quickly to yearly totals of nearly 10,000 deaths, 27,000 lives forever altered and another 146,000 injured.

The NTSB can only make recommendations to states and the federal government and can’t make laws and regulations.

Other recommendations include:

  • Increase use of high-visibility enforcement
  • Develop and deploy in-vehicle detection technology
  • Require ignition interlocks for all offenders
  • Improve use of administrative license actions
  • Target and address repeat offenders
  • Reinforce use and effectiveness of DWI courts