For the previous 20 years, roughly 30 % of deaths on New York roads had been brought on by drunken driving. Greater than a statistic, the influence of driving whereas impaired extends past the approximate 300 particular person lives misplaced annually within the Empire State to households and communities as nicely. The numerous progress made after the passage of the state’s groundbreaking STOP-DWI legislation within the late Nineteen Seventies has plateaued for many years. A confirmed, evidence-based booster is required: a .05 blood-alcohol content material legislation.
In a June 7 Viewpoint, the American Beverage Institute argued towards a decrease BAC restrict for DWI (“Invoice to decrease authorized bood-alcohol restrict is political theater”). Their causes — from how a lot alcohol will be consumed to achieve that restrict, to knowledge that implies no visitors security enchancment, to branding advocates’ efforts as political theater — are baseless. Slightly, the actual drama and deception is being introduced by the ABI.