A new government report recommends that all states significantly lower the level of alcohol in the blood from .08% to .05%, to be considered driving under the influence of alcohol.
The 489-report also calls for a number of other steps that could reduce alcohol consumption, including higher alcohol taxes and shorter hours for bars, restaurants and liquor stores.
“We know that impairment to drive a car actually starts far lower than 0.08. It starts at 0.02 or 0.03,” said Dr. Timothy Naimi, of the Boston Medical Center. “And there’s also good evidence to show that dropping from 0.08 to 0.05 saves lives.”
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