NTSB Proposes Tougher Drunk Driving Standards

Auto Accident

Drunk driving and distracted driving are choices that dramatically increase the risk for potentially fatal car accidents, and both topics are receiving increased scrutiny in the wake of a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and a national study on the habits of teen drivers.

The NTSB recommended that all states lower the decade-old limit for determining legal alcohol intoxication from 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content to 0.05 percent. The recommendation is intended to help lower the approximately 10,000 lives lost in alcohol-related car accidents annually, according to the NTSB.

States currently set their own blood-alcohol content guidelines, and while the NTSB cannot impose regulation, it has been influential in the past.

The NTSB proposal arrived in conjunction with the findings of a national study indicating that nearly half of all teen drivers have texted while operating a car. Previous research has demonstrated that those who text or use cell phones while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident, a rate similar to that of drinking and driving.

The results of the teen driving study will be published in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics. Researchers also found that teens who texted while driving were also more likely to drive under the influence.

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