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Old 05-15-2013, 02:05 AM   #1
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I head today it is being considered to reduce the US blood alcohol limit to .05 (from .08).

I'm more curious what your feelings on it, than to start any huge arguments, so please be nice.

Do you think it will pass? Do you feel this is too low? Too high?

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Old 05-15-2013, 02:22 AM   #2
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honestly, I don't care what the limit is. if I have 1 beer, I won't drive. I don't care if it's 2.3% or 14.3%.

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Old 05-15-2013, 02:22 AM   #3
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Most states already have .05 as the limit at which you can be arrested, .08 is the limit at which you are presumed guilty without any other evidence.

The thing is they still don't really want to stop DUI, or they would be a lot tougher on enforcement (not announcing checkpoints, cops outside big events pulling people over for any small thing, etc)

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Old 05-15-2013, 02:23 AM   #4
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In terms of .08 & .05. I don't exactly know if .08 is a beer? A drink? A swallow? I keep getting sacrcasam from everyone when I ask. Beats me what .05 would be a sniff? A drip on your shirt?

Just get a cab. Trust me. I'd maybe spend $20.00 round trip in Ft. Collins, Co. it was well with in my budget. Sometimes, I'd catch a ride home with a sober friend. Or call one. So. Get a cab. Just about every friend I have has had a D.U.I. Paying thousands for it, in some cases, losing driving privliges for X amount of time. Getting that annoying phone call. "Hey, can you come pick me up?" Get a cab. I had two friends die in a D.D. Crash 11 years ago. I've been involved with two, myself. Not driving of course. Been puled over once. Got beyond lucky. Killers lurking the streets of Denver on a Saturday night in 2002 takes precedent over hauling my young dumb ass in for stupidity. I have too much to lose. Think I'm fine either or. Tell you the truth.

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Old 05-15-2013, 02:30 AM   #5
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All 50 states currently have the .08 limit

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All 50 states currently have the .08 limit
As presumed guilty, but a lot of states you can be charged at .05 if there is other evidence (field sobriety test, weaving, etc). Under .05 you are presumed innocent
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I was listening to Sean Hannity today and heard the same thing. He brought up a good point. Personal responsibility. I'm not getting on a high horse by any means but he had a point. 0.05 or 0.08. Really not much of a difference. It's a deterrent as all laws are.

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Colorado used to be .08 DUI .05 DWAI(driving while ability impaired). Still getting arrested.

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I think what would be useful is to find out at what level are most of the high dollar accidents and fatalities occuring. Do they happen with someone who had a glass of beer or wine, or do those happen at blackout levels?

What are they going to achieve from dropping it from .08 to .05. Doesn't make sense to me.

I'm not sure what's driving the minor drop from .08 to .05. Incrementalism? Do they just want a no tolerance .00 rule?

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When Arizona went to .08 from .10 several years ago, the biggest increase in DUI arrests was from soccer moms going to happy hour after work and having a couple glasses of wine.

It's definitely a touchy subject. I'd be more interested in more enforcement of distracted driving (texting, cell phone use, etc.), as my gut tells me those groups cause more wrecks and deaths than those driving between 0.5-0.8.

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