To be in line with what the National Transportation Safety Board has been recommending for years, several states are seriously looking into lowering the legal blood alcohol content for motorists. Florida, like every other state, currently sets its BAC at 0.08. A driver arrested for allegedly driving with a higher BAC faces per se criminal charges based on the BAC alone. The proposed change would lower the legal limit to 0.05.

Proponents of the lowering cite accident report statistics to bolster their arguments. One study reveals a driver is seven times more likely to be in a fatal crash if driving with a BAC of 0.05 -0.79 than a driver with no alcohol in their system. Polls conducted on the subject show a majority of Americans support lowering the limit and an increasing sentiment to establish the legal limit at 0.00 -- in essence, a no-tolerance alcohol driving law.

Other proposals aimed at reducing driving under the influence incidents include ignition-lock penalties for first-time DUI offenders, increased publicity highlighting the damage DUI can cause and the potential penalties and increased use of ride-sharing apps to give drivers an alternative. Critics of lower limits point out the new law could criminalize otherwise responsible drinkers and negatively impact tourism and certain other businesses. Alcohol-related vehicle crashes are estimated to cost $44 billion annually.

Whether legal limits change or not, law enforcement will continue to increase its efforts at detecting and deterring DUI. That's why someone facing drunk driving charges may want to retain the counsel of a criminal defense lawyer who can protect their rights.

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