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Change in blood alcohol limits will have other costs

Posted: May 20, 2013 - 2:13pm  |  Updated: May 21, 2013 - 8:37am

Nobody welcomes the presence of drunk drivers on our highways. Every sane driver knows or should know the devastating consequences of getting a DUI. We have all seen the lives of people we know or love be torn apart by the consequences of a DUI. Future job choices can be totally derailed or you could never be given the chance to earn a decent living, having generational effects on families, homes, and the community at large.

This is the social economic cost to the whole community of enforcing a .05 change in the blood alcohol limits while driving. I must say it is hard to see justice served in .03 doses.

At what cost will this change affect the real problems with alcohol abuse? If you think our courts are clogged and burdened with today’s load what will a 15, 20, 25 percent increase of DUI cases cost? New courtrooms, judges or magistrates, not to mention attorney fees for even having 1 beer with that pizza at the hockey game. Yes there has to be a limit but young adults and teens can be very stupid, and this change will set into motion a very fast escalation in the number of lives wrecked through its enforcement.

We all know in our heart of hearts it is worth these costs if we can indeed have an impact on the number of lives lost due drunk drivers. So it does appear this change will happen and lives will be saved as well as changed.

Guess it’s time to really take a look at those social economic impacts, because the community as a whole will pay these cost moving forward.

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spwright 05/21/13 - 01:31 pm

Not to Worry, it took over 20 years to get the 0.08 level made into a National Standard.

Our Congress can't agree If It is Day or Night SPW

leewaytooo 05/22/13 - 02:28 am
lets hope that "teens" are

lets hope that "teens" are not drinking at ALL

hockey games last for a couple hours at least....

100lb woman will reach .05bac with one drink/beer..

140lb man will do so too with one drink/beer..

in one hour......

do bars have bac machines for patrons to blow into?

how do you weigh the "devastating consequences"?

one dies, one goes to jail.........

if the drunk driver was the only person affected by their

CHOICE to drink and drive impaired to the determent of

of the sober drivers, all would be jake....... it simply

doesn't happen. the drunk driver starts everything

by the CHOICE to drink and drive.....

if you cant stay below the limit then dont drive......

STAY HOME........

beaverlooper 05/22/13 - 05:01 pm
penalty commiserate to BAC

First of all let me say that I haven't had a drink in almost 19 years,so I'm not defending drinking and driving.
There are plenty of things that sober people do while driving that make them just as dangerous as a .05 driver,talking to another passenger or on a cell phone ,eating,driving while tired,I could go on.
I'm not saying that we should not go down to .05 ,but if we do lets make the punishment fit the crime.In New Zealand the amount of punishment is commiserate with blood alcohol content. This is an example and only an example. BAC of .05 = 1 day in jail,$750 fine,SR 22 insurance for 6 months. BAC of .08 = 3 days jail,$1250 fine,lose license 6 months ,SR 22 for 2 years. BAC of.15 =1 month jail, $10,000 fine, lose license 1 year,SR22 5 years.BAC .3= 2 years jail,$100,000 fine,SR 22 10years, lose car to state. Double if involved in an accident and with increases for repeat offenders. There is not the same penalty for going 5 miles over the speed limit as there is for doing 50 miles over the limit. Same idea.
Or for those hard core people out there we could go with the German model and make it a much harder process ,with driving classes and such to get a license to begin with and no drinking and driving allowed at all. Get caught drunk driving 1 time and lose your license for the rest of your life,no getting it back.Of course they have a great mass transit system there so people can still get to work.
I personally think the New Zealand method would be best for Alaska.

cheapersmokes 05/22/13 - 05:35 pm
Alcohol limits

I actually know quite a few people who drive much better when they have had some drinks than they do sober! When are we as citizens finally going to have enough of the government running our lives and kick out all of these idiots we continue to elect to office! I also know that if the police see you leaving a bar and for some reason they do not like you they will stop you and make up something to charge you with including reckless driving charges!

fish907 05/31/13 - 08:37 am
New Alcohol Tax

Welcome to the governments newest form of taxation. This change won't go into effect to make the roadways a safer place to drive. It is entirely aimed at generating more revenue. With every change in the legal BAC, there have been more arrests and more revenue generated. Do the math, it's not about our safety.

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