Lowering The Blood Alcohol Content Essay

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Lowering the Blood-Alcohol Content For if we can possibly think back, there have been accidents involving people Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Despite the number of fines, years of confinement, possible deadly accidents, people continue to drive under the influence. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said, “In 1999, there were 15,786 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in the U.S – 38% of the total traffic fatalities for the year.” This meant that number averaged out to about one alcohol-related fatality every 33 minutes. After the .08 per se laws were passed, it was recommended by the NHTSA that all states pass these measures to help combat DWI. It has been talked about whether lowering the Blood-Alcohol Content would help lower the number of DWI’s and possible alcohol-related deaths, or if it would make it worse. The .08 per se refers to those laws that make operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or above illegal. All 50 states including D.C follow this law. These laws apply to anyone over the age of 21, while any minor with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system are breaking the law. Some common DWI penalties include fines, license suspension or revocation, community service, imprisonment and even penalties like more expensive car insurance. Texas Zero Tolerance Law for minors means that drivers under the age of 21 may not operate a vehicle at all with alcohol in their system. With each offense, for adults, the…

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