New Study Recommends Lowering BAC Levels

ORLANDO, (Fox 35)- A new study released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says that lowering the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) threshold from .08 to .05 will save lives.

Glenn Victor with the Florida Safety Council says if it’s changed, the U.S. would be playing catch up.

"We still haven't seen a change in DUI fatalities in a couple of decades, so part of the reason we say ‘well let's take a shot at lowering blood alcohol level again’ is it will be a deterrent, and it's been shown in other countries that it does make a difference."

Victor says it's about changing people's perceptions of drinking and driving.

He says lowering the BAC isn't an attack on alcohol drinkers. Its intent is to change the act of driving, no matter how many you've had.

“We're talking about changing human behavior here and perception. Again to stress, no one is saying that we want to criminalize alcohol drinking- responsible drinking for adults. What we’re saying is if you're going to drink, don't drive." Victor tells Fox 35.

A report by the CDC says that in 2012 a national study revealed 1.9% of people got behind the wheel after drinking too much, and that number is even higher in Florida at 2.1%.

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