Should Minnesota Lower The Drunk Driving Legal Limit?
Here’s an idea that will likely spark some debate; experts at the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have proposed lowering the nationwide drunk driving limit from 0.08 to 0.05. Their reasoning? Lowering the threshold could end up saving thousands of lives. Currently, 28 people die every day from alcohol-related crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's over 10,000 deaths every year.
A limit of 0.05 would equate to two drinks for a 120-woman and a 160-pound man. So far, Utah is the only state in the country with a 0.05 legal limit. It's also been suggested that states lessen the hours and days liquor stores should be open. While I'm not sure about that idea (Minnesota just allowed us buy booze on Sundays, finally), lowering the legal limit would definitely make me think twice about driving after even one drink. I'm guessing cab services and manufacturers of self-driving cars love this idea. But what do you think? Should Minnesota consider lowering the drunk driving limit?