Would you drink less before driving if the DUI threshold was lower? A recent report by a scientific panel suggests that most people would. A drop from 0.08 percent to 0.05 would mean ordering at least one less drink in order to remain under the limit.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration commissioned a report on how best to reduce drunk-driving fatalities, and that report was just released. Drawn up by a panel of the nonprofit National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the 489-page report made a number of recommendations based on evidence and previous experience. None was more striking than the proposal to lower the DUI threshold from 0.08 percent to 0.05.