US wants tougher drunk driving rule

May 15, 2013

The US government wants states to crack down more on people driving under the influence of alcohol by lowering the permitted blood-alcohol limit.

It is now at 0.8 gram of alcohol per liter of blood. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday it should come down to 0.5. That would put the US in line with most other countries in the world.

The NTSB said research has found that with a level of 0.5 most drivers experience a decline in both cognitive and visual functions, significantly increasing the risk of a serious crash.

More than 100 countries in six continents limit the blood-alcohol content level to 0.5, the board said. It wants the 50 American to follow their example.

"Most Americans think that we've solved the problem of impaired , but in fact, it's still a national epidemic," NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman 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," the NTSB said in a statement.

It added: "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 related crashes."

Explore further: Drug use tied to fatal car crashes

Related Stories

Drug use tied to fatal car crashes

June 23, 2011

It's well known that drunk driving can have fatal consequences, but a new study suggests that alcohol is not the only drug that’s a danger on the road.

Alcohol causes a quarter of Europe road deaths

December 15, 2012

Alcohol abuse is responsible for around a quarter of the 30,000 people who die in road accidents across the European Union every year, the bloc's drugs agency said in a report published on Friday.

Recommended for you

Bright lighting encourages healthy food choices

May 26, 2016

Dining in dimly lit restaurants has been linked to eating slowly and ultimately eating less than in brighter restaurants, but does lighting also impact how healthfully we order?

Big Data can save lives, says leading cancer expert

May 16, 2016

The sharing of genetic information from millions of cancer patients around the world could be key to revolutionising cancer prevention and care, according to a leading cancer expert from Queen's University Belfast.

New soap to ward off malaria carrying mosquitoes

May 13, 2016

(Medical Xpress)—Gérard Niyondiko along with colleagues Frank Langevin and Lisa Barutel has posted a project on the crowd source funding site ulule for a product called Faso Soap. They claim the soap can cut in half the ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.