Common claims made by .05 supporters are misleading and promote traffic safety policies that will do little to save lives

Washington, D.C.—Today, the American Beverage Institute released the Utah Legislative Primer: Myths About 0.05 BAC. The one-page document—sent to all Utah legislators— lays out the three most common myths raised during debates about .05 and debunks the claims using sound arguments and common sense. It’s yet more evidence that the .05 law is rooted in faulty assumptions and will do little to save lives—demonstrating the need for a full repeal this legislative session.

Read the Utah Legislative Primer on .05 myths here. Preview the three myths that are disproven below:

MYTH 1: Drivers are too impaired to drive at 0.05 BAC.

MYTH 2: Lowering the BAC arrest threshold could save 1,790 lives each year.

MYTH 3: Drunk driving incidents decreased when other countries adopted .05.

Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, released the following statement:

Good policy must be rooted in convincing arguments and sound data. Unfortunately, the .05 law is supported by neither. Someone with a 0.05 BAC is not meaningfully impaired and making such a threshold the legal standard will only distract law enforcement from the most dangerous high-BAC offenders on the road. If Utah lawmakers want to reduce alcohol-related fatalities, they need to ensure that current ignition interlock laws are being enforced and that the devices stay on the vehicles of high-BAC and repeat offenders for as long as possible. That’s what will save lives, not targeting those who choose to enjoy a drink with dinner.

In Depth on the Issue

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 their responsible patrons 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.
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