For the first time, Mothers Against Drunk Driving took a position Thursday in favor of lowering a state’s blood alcohol content law, supporting a new Michigan bill that would set the impairment level at .05 BAC. “Research shows that critical driving skills are impaired at .05 BAC, significantly increasing the risk of a horrible, 100 percent preventable crash,” said MADD National President Helen Witty. Only one state, Utah, has implemented a .05 BAC threshold, but California, Oregon and New York are considering doing the same. The American Beverage Institute accused MADD of going after “those who enjoy a drink or two over dinner” and “capitulat[ing] to the pressures of anti-alcohol activists.”

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Lowering the Blood-Alcohol Arrest Level

ABI strongly opposes lowering the blood-alcohol arrest level. The move is an attack on the restaurant and hospitality industries and converts responsible consumers into criminals. Don’t allow your state legislature or municipality to be fooled by a false narrative linking a lower BAC arrest threshold with increased traffic safety. Stand…
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