September 19, 2018
Marcus Kowal’s Sept. 12 Wednesday Opinion essay “A proven way to save countless lives”
criticized my organization — the American Beverage Institute — for its
opposition to lowering the legal blood alcohol limit for driving from
0.08 to 0.05 blood alcohol content. While the tragedy prompting the
author’s efforts is horrific, pushing this ineffective policy will not
reduce the drunken- driving problem.
driving is a major issue that demands attention, but targeting drivers
at 0.05 blood alcohol content, a threshold that is less impairing than
talking on a hands-free cellphone, is not the solution. The real problem
lies with high blood alcohol content and repeat offenders who are
responsible for the vast majority of alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
The average blood alcohol content of a drunken driver involved in a fatal crash is 0.18.Read the full story