This afternoon, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its 2017-2018 Most Wanted List advocating for lowering the legal blood alcohol limit to 0.05 or lower, all-offender ignition interlock mandates, more sobriety checkpoints, and an invasive in-vehicle alcohol monitoring technology called the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety.
Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, released the following statement:
The NTSB’s most recent list of policy priorities continues to neglect the core of our nation’s drunk driving problem: the overwhelming majority of fatal crashes involving alcohol are caused by severely impaired drivers. The average BAC recorded among impaired drivers is nearly .19 – more than twice the legal limit.
By continuing to advocate for policies fixated on criminalizing safe, moderate alcohol consumption the NTSB dilutes an already limited pool of funding, denying public safety officials the resources they need to monitor our country’s worst offenders – high BAC and repeat drunk drivers.
The American Beverage Institute calls on the NTSB to focus the country’s limited traffic safety resources on policies targeting hardcore drunk drivers, including ignition interlocks for high-BAC and repeat offenders, roving police patrols, and encouraging smart, responsible alcohol consumption.