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The Dangers of Lowering the DUI Threshold for Drivers

There has been much talk of lawmakers wanting to lower the DUI threshold significantly in order to crack down on drunk drivers on the road. Currently, the average limit that is not to be exceeded is 0.08 BAC, though legislators are seeking to fight for the laws to lower to 0.05 BAC. Unfortunately, many believe, that if these laws are lowered, then those who go out for casual social drinking will end up receiving a criminal charge even though they were not technically drunk behind the wheel. Where it takes a decent amount of alcohol for your body to reach 0.08, it will take much less for the lower limit. This means that if you decide to have two beers with your buddies after work for the big game, if you drive home and are pulled over you just may be arrested for drunk driving.

One attorney notes that by lowering the threshold so much, it means that lawmakers are trying to criminalize people who are not criminals, nor are they a danger to society. They believe that when there is any hint of alcohol on a person, it will then become probable cause for them to be tested for drinking and driving, which therefore increase the likelihood of your getting arrested by an officer.

Reports show that at this point, the proposal drafted by the National Transportation Safety Board is not being backed by any supporters including President Obama, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration nor Mothers Against Drunk Driving largely due to the studies lack of support for their research.

Whether or not the laws change in our country, driving under the influence is still a crime. In the event that you have been arrested for a DUI, contact a Tampa DUI lawyer at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. today for the experienced defense you deserve!

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