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Drunk Driving and Traffic Safety: NTSB Proposes New Limit

Drunk driving has been the center of an enormous amount of advocacy and policy research for decades. Despite all of this work, drunk driving is still one of the primary causes of fatal car accidents in California and the rest of the nation. Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board announced a new proposal that it hopes could help prevent hundreds of these crashes every year: a new standard for drunk driving.

Currently, the national limit is 0.08 percent blood alcohol content. Under the NTSB's new proposal, the limit would lower to 0.05 percent. This would allow law enforcement officers to prosecute more drivers under DWI laws - hopefully deterring dangerous drivers from getting behind the wheel. 

The NTSB notes that "440,000 people have perished in this country due to alcohol-impaired driving" in just the last three decades. When a drunk driver's impairment causes a fatal accident, the driver is almost always considered to be at fault and thus legally responsible for wrongful death.

Any family who has suffered the loss of a loved one after a drunk driving accident should consult with an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury law firm.

Source: CNN.com, "Tougher drunk-driving thresholds proposed to reduce traffic deaths," Mike M. Ahlers, May 15, 2013

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