Schenectady organization pushes for lowering of legal blood alcohol level
One Schenectady organization is on a mission to pass a new law that would keep everyone safer on the road, they said.
“Remove Intoxicated Drivers” is a non-profit focused on cutting down crashes because of drunken driving and underage drinking. It also helps victims of DWI crashes.
The president of the organization, William Aiken, is pushing for the legal blood alcohol concentration limit to be lowered from .08% to .05%.
He wants lawmakers to feel a sense of urgency about the issue and he believes that changing the law will save lives.
“It’s perfectly reasonable to set this standard, and with Uber and Lyft available to people they should be able to plan for it,” Aiken said. “I think…it gets people to think before they get behind the wheel, before they even have a drink.”
Those opposed to lowering the limit are concerned about the strain on law enforcement, criminalizing social drinking, and possible damage to the hospitality industry, they said.
The push to lower the legal blood alcohol level to .05% has been supported by many lawmakers and the National Transportation Safety Board.