Proposal would lower legal limit for intoxicated driving

WNYT Staff
Updated: November 05, 2019 02:05 PM
Created: November 04, 2019 03:46 PM

A bill is pending before the New York State legislature that would lower the legal blood alcohol level in New York State. For most drivers it is currently 0.08 percent. The plan is to lower it to 0.05 percent for everyone. The idea came about in 2013 but this is the first legislative session that has matching bills in the Assembly and the Senate. That means this is the first session it has any hope of passing and become a law. Over the last few months, 13 Investigates has been talking with people in favor of and against the change. We also did some digging to see if a similar law already in effect in Utah has made any difference. Here is what we found.

Lawmakers consider bill to lower BAC for drivers


A grieving mother who lost her daughter to a drunken driver nearly 40 years ago wonders whether a bill to lower the BAC for driving intoxicated in New York State from 0.08 to 0.05 could finally become law.

That bill was introduced in the Senate last April. A similar bill has sat in the Assembly since 2013.

While supporters say it may save lives, it may be stuck in legislative limbo.

Impact of lowering BAC for drivers debated

Utah became the first state to lower its legal limit for blood alcohol content to 0.05 percent six months ago. Some hope New York will make that move too. Would a lower BAC limit would help make our streets safer?


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