Supporters of lower legal limit for DWI call on action from lawmakers

WNYT Staff
Updated: January 29, 2020 02:01 PM
Created: January 29, 2020 06:21 AM

ALBANY - There were calls at the state Capitol on Wednesday to lower the legal limit for driving - after drinking.

Supporters were in Albany on Wednesday, asking state lawmakers to pass a bill that would lower the legal blood alcohol content threshold from .08 percent to .05 percent.


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

This is an issue NewsChannel 13 has been investigating since last year.

We heard from people who were directly impacted that a lower BAC limit would help make our streets safer.

You can see those reports by clicking here.

Lawmakers in Vermont are also looking to lower the legal limit for drunk driving.

Two senators announced earlier this month they were supporting lowering the BAC limit to .05 percent.

Right now, the legal limit is the same as New York - below point .08 percent.

The bill would lower the legal alcohol limit for the first time in nearly three decades.

Utah is the only state to have its legal limit at point .05 percent.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board's BAC Safety Briefing Facts, with a BAC between .05 and .08 percent, the risk of being in a fatal crash is at least seven times higher than for drivers with no alcohol in their system.

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