The legal limit for blood alcohol has been in place nationwide for several decades now. Because of the high number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities each year, some legislators are asking whether it might not be a good idea to lower the legal drinking limit to lower than the standard 0.08 percent.
According to an article appearing on the ABC 13 website in Los Angeles, California may soon implement a law reducing the legal blood alcohol content or BAC for motorists to 0.05 percent.
This latest bill, AB 1713, which was introduced by California Assembly Members, Burke and Flora along with Senator Hill, would lower the legal BAC limit from 0.08 percent to a limit of 0.05 percent BAC.
California truck drivers or those possessing a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are currently required to adhere to a 0.05 BAC whether they are on or off duty. Most states have adopted the lower DUI/DWI limit for truck drivers in an effort to keep our roadways safer.
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If passed, California would join Utah for having the lowest required BAC limit for all drivers. It would also change the drinking culture of California significantly. It remains to be seen if this bill will gain traction in the Assembly or if restaurants and bars in the area plan to protest the bill.