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NTSB wants to drop the legal driving limit to .05 percent

Californians may be interested in learning that the National Transportation Safety Board is seeking the reduction in the legal driving BAC limit from .08 percent to .05 percent. The request was one of several in the agency's annual most wanted list, which is a list of safety objectives the agency would like to be passed.

The NTSB stated that the risk of fatal wrecks are doubled when a person's blood alcohol concentration reaches .08 percent. The agency did acknowledge that the amount of consumption and the risk of accidents is a poorly understood relationship, however.

If the change is passed, women of average weight would only be able to have one drink without going over the lowered limit. Average-weight men would be limited to two drinks. One drink is equivalent to a 5-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce beer or 1.25 fluid ounces of liquor. Currently, all states as well as the District of Columbia impose the .08 BAC limit.

Drunk driving charges can bring serious consequences in the even of a conviction. The potential penalties may include substantial fines, incarceration, the installation of ignition interlock devices and license suspension. A person who is charged with a DUI may want to get help as soon as possible from a criminal defense lawyer who may be able to identify problems with the state's case against the client. If there are issues, the lawyer may then draft evidentiary motions to challenge the admissibility of the evidence against their client. The lawyer also be able to negotiate with the prosecutor to try to secure a favorable plea agreement.

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