Minnesota May Be Losing the 0.08 Drunk Driving Law, Adapting 0.05!
The days of having just a drink and being under the limit to drive may be going away if Minnesota goes along with scientists recommendation to lower the legal limit to 0.05. Most of the 50 states in the U.S. have the 0.08 law, except Utah who just adapted a 0.05 BAC level to be considered "driving under the influence".
According to KSTP, a report by a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has requested all states look at lowering their allowed legal driving limit to this 0.05 blood alcohol level, which could be only 1 drink for some people.
Restaurants and bars are very concerned obviously, as this change would highly impact liquor sales. The scientists are also recommending that states review their laws of how easily available liquor is to purchase, by lowering the amount of hours liquor stores are open and even doubling the liquor taxes.
Utah recently passed the 0.05 law, and Arizona has a zero-tolerance law. This recommendation might be fought heavily by Minnesota since we recently opened up liquor sales on Sunday's, ending a 159-year old ban on selling liquor 7-days a week.
There are 29 people killed each day in the U.S., with many more injured. Just under 1/2 of those killed aren't the drunk driver.
There's no information yet on how serious Minnesota would be about putting this recommendation into law, or if any other states have plans on lowering the legal BAC limit.