Each year 34,000 Americans die in car crashes, of those 34,000 about a third die in alcohol-related accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board is suggesting to drop the legal level from 0.08 blood-alcohol content to 0.05. According to the NTSB this slight change will lower the number of death per year by about 500-800 lives.
However, not everyone is pleased with this decision. “This recommendation is ludicrous,” said Sarah Longwell, the managing director of American Beverage Institute. For those who do not know the American Beverage Institute is the lobby for the beer industry as made famous for being part of the self-named “Merchants of Death,” made famous by the movie, Thank you for Smoking.
The NTSB has no power however, and can only seek passage of the drop in BAC through the congress. Thus, they have an uphill battle fighting the lobby and congressional partisanship.