Missourians may want to watch what happens with the legal blood alcohol level for driving. The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for a reduction of the allowed level from .08 percent to .05 percent or lower.
The NTSB called for the lower level in its most wanted list on Jan. 13. The list is made up of new laws and changes that the agency would like to see passed. If the blood alcohol concentration level is dropped to .05 percent, men of average weight would only be able to have two drinks without going over the limit, and women who weigh 100 pounds would only be able to have one drink.
The NTSB states that the risk of fatal accidents doubles when a person’s blood alcohol concentration reaches .08 percent. The agency stated that the relationship between the number of drinks consumed and the risk of accidents is poorly understood, however. Every state plus the District of Columbia currently has the .08 BAC limit, because they would run the risk of losing out on certain federal funding if the limit was higher.
People who are charged with driving while intoxicated may want to get help from a criminal defense attorney who has experience with these types of cases. An attorney who understands how to defend against such matters may be able to challenge such things as the stop, the roadside tests and the breathalyzer results. In some DUI cases, people administering the tests make errors in doing so, allowing a challenge to the testing. In other cases, a law enforcement officer may not have had reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle in the first place. An attorney who spots errors can file motions to have the evidence rendered inadmissible.