Laurie Heggedal, Fargo, Published May 21 2013
Letter: Lowering blood-alcohol limit will save livesIt is true that deaths related to drunken driving have been reduced, but it is still a national epidemic. Stricter laws and limitations need to be placed in order to stop these preventable deaths.
The proposal to reduce the blood-alcohol level for drunken driving from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent is a step in the right direction toward lowering alcohol-related deaths on the road. The National Transportation Safety Board estimated that lowering the legal amount of alcohol in a person’s system could save 300 to 500 lives a year.
However, despite those statistics, it is still likely that states will oppose reducing the legal blood alcohol content. The state should not resist a movement toward keeping its residents safe from harmful activity, because a leading responsibility of the state is to maintain public safety.
The opportunity to save lives on the road would be worth the fight against any who might object to lowering the legal blood-alcohol content. It is up to the residents of a community to protect each other, starting with lowering the legal blood-alcohol level from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent.