City Weekly: Liquor Laws Update – Politicos gear up for 2014 Legislature

(City Weekly) While the idea doesn’t have a sponsor— yet—the Sutherland Institute has pitched the public and the Legislature on the idea of lowering the legally allowed blood-alcohol limit from .08 to .05.

“The point is that liquor kills people,” says Derek Monson, policy director for the Sutherland Institute. “It’s a drug, that’s just what it is, so while we’re not gonna go outlaw it or anything, we shouldn’t also ignore the fact that it has detrimental health impacts.”

Monson points out that countries like Australia that have lowered the legally allowed blood-alcohol concentration from .08 to .05 have seen significant reductions in drunken-driving fatalities. According to a May 2013 report by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, drunken-driving fatalities decreased by 18 percent in one Australian state after it lowered its legal limit to .05.

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