Lawmakers consider lowering legal blood alcohol limit in California

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California lawmakers are considering bill that will reduce the amount of alcohol you can legally have in your system while driving.

The legal Blood Alcohol Concentration limit in California could be lowered from 0.08% to 0.05%. 

Supporters say a 0.08% limit is too high,and leaves drivers impaired and results in more deadly accidents. 

Commercial drivers in California are already held to a  0.05% standard– and many lawmakers say the lower limit should be applied to all drivers.

“Lowering the blood alcohol level to 0.05% will save many lives and this legislation will do that. Over 100 countries around the world have already gone to a 0.05 –it saves lives,” said Senator Jerry Hill. 

Senator Hill says 1,000 lives could be saved a year in California if the stricter blood alcohol level is passed. 

“If you’re in a single crash and you have alcohol in that, you’re chances are being killed are seven times greater than if you had no alcohol in your system,” he added. 

 The National Transportation Safety Board has been encouraging states to adopt a 0.05% standard since 2013. So far– Utah is the only state in the nation that has adopted the lower limit for all drivers.

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