|Quoting AirCop (Reply 3):|
That does seem quite low. Most states that I'm aware of the legal limit is .08. Anyone else aware of another state that is .05? (excluding the concept impairment to the slightest degree).
Yes, that does seem low, but as (certain) people on this board are so fond of pointing out, the law is the law and a crime is a crime. At least if you're not rich. (And sometimes, as in this case, even if you are
In my opinion, it is not really possible to regulate drunk driving in an altogether "appropriate" manner. It's hard to base a judgment of "impairment" on BAC levels when the effect of a certain BAC level varies so widely from person to person, not to mention that peoples' driving abilities vary so widely when sober in the first place.
A good driver would have to drink a LOT of beer to drive as poorly as a lot of bad drivers, but there's no good way to account for that when setting a BAC limit. And even if you could, there would be ethics questions involved. For instance, if a "good driver" has an average rate of 1 collision per 28,000 miles driven and a "bad driver" has an average rate of 1 collision per 8,000 miles, where do you draw the line on impairment for the good driver? Should the good driver be allowed to drink enough to bring his collision rate down to 1/8000? Not drink at all, leaving it at 1/28000? Somewhere in between? And so on...
If I had my way, BAC limits would be raised somewhat, but it would be MUCH harder to obtain a driver's license, and people would need to pass rigorous driving tests every some-number of years in order to keep their licenses. This of course would be wildly unpopular with MADD types and the 30% or so of drivers who shouldn't really be on the road in any condition, so I don't suspect it will ever come to pass.
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