Lowering the blood-alcohol level for motorists could save lives

A new recommendation from the National Academy of Sciences suggests that lowering the bloo-alcohol level from .08 to .05 could have a major impact.

Dr. David Jernigan is the director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing & Youth and is a professor at Johns Hopkins University.

“A lot of people think that the problem of alcohol impaired driving has gone away but, in fact, we’re looking at 10,000 deaths on America’s roadways,” said Jernigan. “The point is that everybody needs safer roadways.”

With the argument that distracted driving is just as bad as alcohol-impaired, Dr. Jernigan noted that the estimates point towards alcohol-related incidents are three times as likely in America.

The Johns Hopkins professor also noted that the recent tax cuts are going to give alcohol-based corporations a 16% break which means there will be more money for advertising and production.

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