Sound Off: NTSB Wants to Lower Blood Alcohol Limit for Drivers? Good Idea or Not?

beerShould the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers be lower?

A government agency that investigates accidents says cutting back the legal limit for drunk driving would save lives. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants to drop the legal limit to .05

The current standard is .08.   Kansas Lawmakers would have to make the change.

Should they? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.


A news release from the NTSB  on Tuesday said each year in the United States, nearly 10,000 people are killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers and more than 173,000 are injured, with 27,000 suffer incapacitating injuries.

Since the mid-1990s, even as total highway fatalities have fallen, the proportion of deaths from accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver has remained constant at around 30 percent. In the last 30 years, nearly 440,000 people have died in alcohol related crashes.

The NTSB released research that showed that although impairment begins with the first drink, by 0.05 blood alcohol content, most drivers experience a decline in both cognitive and visual functions, which significantly increases the risk of a serious crash.

The release said currently, over 100 countries on six continents have BAC limits set at 0.05 or lower. The NTSB has asked all 50 states to do the same.

  • Gus

    Just what we need. This is a Dumb idea. I couldn’t even have a glass of wine at dinner and drive home. Stop already

  • BB


  • Hmmmmmmmm

    Just outlaw alcohol. This country is turning into a socialized state anyway. You will have to walk to dinner and home if you have one drink.

  • Michael

    Yes. It should be .05. I’ve lived in another nation that the BAC limit was. 05. These were notoriously hard drinking people. You know what happened when the BAC limit was lowered to .05 there? They adapted, and started using public transport more, taxis more, and designated drivers more. Traffic deaths due to alcohol declined by 50% in the first year! This was in a democracy that very strongly valued their independence, and freedoms. But they also had sense. I

    don’t want to hear anything about socialism, or nanny state, or any other such nonsense. I’ve been the victim of a drunk driver. I was 19. It was storming, I just got off work, and had stopped to cross a highway. I looked both ways, there were no visible cars. I pulled out, and the last thing I remember is the front end of another car coming towards me with no lights on (this was after dark). I wake up in the local ER, my unhurt passenger was there, a Nurse, and two police officers as well. The police proceed to question me as to whether I was under the influence of drugs, why did I have a prescription bottle in my car ( a med that I HAD to take 4 x a day), etc. My passenger told me that beside the driver of the other car not having his headlights on, that he was paraplegic, so drunk that he was hanging out of his window, vomiting , and reeked of alcohol, and that his three passengers were also totally in a drunken stupor. The driver was a known drunk in town. Not so much as a citation was written to this guy! Yet I was charged with the accident because I didn’t have insurance at the time because I was making slave wages, couldn’t afford insurance, and it wasn’t a requirement then. Being a teenager played a big part in this. Small southern town mentality there as well since my hair was a bit long, and this was the ’70s. I stood to lose my license over this, also a relative was going to lose his license because his name was on the title of the car. Ended up, a bribe paid to the drunk took care of all that. Justice in a democracy, eh?

  • Really?

    Seriously? It’s really not the .008 drivers in most cases that cause the accidents! Or ‘crimes’ as the NTSB says. It’s those over the .010 range. Let’s use at least a small amount of commen sense just once when it comes to new laws. Oh wait! It’s government that we’re talking about here…..there’s no such thing as commen sense.

    • CTD

      its common, not commen.

      • http://hayspost Arthur Doyle

        Make sure to correct the spelling on good’s post too.

  • Hmmmmmm

    This country is going to tell us when to eat, sleep, and pay double the taxes to them. They lie about Bengazi and tell us there was nothing they could do. Get real, just let Americans die.

  • hmmmmm

    This is ridiculous. I know drinking and driving it a problem in our country, but honestly how many of the crashes due to alcohol was the driver between .08 and .05. I would venture to guess a very low percentage. So is lowering this going to actually help prevent? I doubt it, because the people who are driving drunk are going to drive if it is .08 or .05.


  • passin threw

    some of you people act like there is a dui checkpoint in every restaurants parking lot….c’mon people if you were driving after supper before and not getting stopped you won’t get stopped now. dang alarmists anyway

  • inkslinger

    ITS A MONEY GAME. DUI’s are expensive and the government make a killing off of them, you cant tell me that they dont

  • Free Thinker

    Here comes one more way to throw more people in jail…

    • http://hasyspost RD

      We will be getting a bigger one in the county, just as well fill it up with people that had a couple of drinks and let the real criminals run loose.

      • inkslinger

        how many rapes at FHSU
        have they ever caught the bank robber that hit hays in the late 80’s
        or anybody seen Mary Lang?

  • good

    Buzz driving is bad it always has been. Some states ANY level is too much. If you want to drink and drive drink cola then have your sinking alcohol at home.

    • Hmm

      Incorrect. In no state is any level too much. All 50 states currently have a BAC limit of .08. Maybe do a little research.

    • Free Thinker

      Ah, I see you’ve been appointed “moral police chief” today…go have a drink.

    • countryboy

      CDL Drivers have a .04 Level

  • http://hayspost Arthur Doyle

    A bad idea that does little to address the real target pool of offenders. The vast majority of alcohol related vehicular fatalities involve repeat offenders & people over twice the legal limit. Targeting people between .05 and .08 will have an insignificant impact on curbing alcohol related fatalities. I suspect this is about raising revenues through criminal citations packaged in the guise of public safety.

    • Uncle Thomas

      We need to fill the new jail :)