At some point, yes that is very likely. The compass seems to be pointed in that direction. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is currently pushing for states to consider reducing their BAC limits to .05. Currently, all 50 states have a law that prohibits driving a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration level of .08% or more. This equates to approximately 4 drinks consumed by a 180 pound man over a one hour period. Dropping the limit to .05 would reduce that number to approximately 3 drinks for the same man over a one hour period.
Some states have adopted even lower blood-alcohol levels for convicted drunken drivers, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving:
• Maine has zero tolerance (.00) for repeat offenders. • North Carolina’s level is .04 for a second offense, and zero for a third. • Wisconsin sets a .02 limit for third and subsequent offenses. • Utah has a .05 level for repeat drunken driving offenses that endanger a child.
In fact, most countries around the world already have a limit of .05 or less for drinking and driving. When Australia dropped its BAC level from .08 to .05, provinces reported a 5-18 percent drop in traffic fatalities, according to US NEWS on NBC NEWS.
Many people believe this latest push to .05 is just the next step in the process of an eventual .00 alcohol tolerance in this country. I don’t know if that will ever happen. But, we are sure to see much debate on this topic in the coming months and possibly years.