Drunken Driving Deaths

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Transportation safety officials are exploring ways to eliminate drunken driving deaths, which account for about a third of the nation’s more than 30,000 annual traffic fatalities – a share that has remained stubbornly unchanged since the late-1990s.

The National Transportation Safety Board meets today to hear recommendations on ways to meet its goal of zero alcohol-related driving deaths.

Experts said at a two-day information-gathering forum the board held last year that dramatic progress was made in the 1980s through the mid-1990s after the minimum drinking age was raised to 21 and the legally allowable maximum level of drivers’ blood alcohol content was lowered to .08.

But they said progress has largely stagnated over the last decade and a half, requiring a fresh approach.

  • http://hayspost Arthur Doyle

    So the NTSB advocates lowering the BAC limit from .08 to .05 in order to reach an unattainable goal of zero alcohol related fatalities. Assinine. Fundraising pure and simple. Treat alcohol related driving fatalities as crime. Increase the sentences for offenders. Come down hard on the multiple offenders & drivers over twice the legal limit. Do not punish or infringe upon the person who goes to Applebee’s with their family has one glass of wine or one 20 oz. beer and then drives home. I am all for the responsible consumption of alcohol and operation of a vehicle. Studies by the Berman Institute have shown that texting while driving impairs a person’s ability to drive to the equivalent of .1. So why are we not addressing driving while texting, checking email, or watching YouTube with legislation?

    • Frank

      It is already against the law to do those things in Kansas.

      • http://hayspost Arthur Doyle

        Do you personally know of one person who has ever been ticketed for driving while texting? I don’t. Yet I see it happening everyday. Same as driving while talking on a cell phone.

    • Hmm

      Yeah, most of those punishments you’re “suggesting” already exist. And if you have one glass of wine or one beer, they won’t “come down hard” on you, because you won’t be over the limit after one drink.

      • Oh yeah?

        You may not be over the limit, but the cops will arrest you for DUI even if you blow under the limit- I’ve seen it too many times here in Hays. Or they’ll piss you off untill they can taze you.

      • http://hayspost Arthur Doyle

        Perhaps the implications of the new NTSB guidelines are lost upon you. Lowering the legal limit to .05 would make having one glass of wine with your meal a very risky endeavor. Furthermore I can relate numerous examples where vehicular homicides involving alcohol happen and the perpetrator is given a reduced sentence then if the crime had been committed with the use of a conventional weapon ie; gun, knife, baseball bat. Even though the victim is just as dead. The DWI/DUI racket is a multi billion dollar a year industry.

  • Hays Resident

    Very well said… I agree 100%