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May 19, 2013

Georgia on track to make driving under the influence a painful experience

The National Transportation Safety Board has made a recommendation that states lower thresholds for inebriated drivers from .08 to .05. This would follow the lead of more than 100 countries that have .05 or lower limits. Whether the move would lower the instances of alcohol-related accidents and deaths, as it has in other countries, remains to be seen. Georgia, as did many other states, lowered its alcohol limit from .10 to .08 in 2001 in order to continue receiving federal highway funds, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that in 2001 there were 406 alcohol-related road deaths. In 2008, that number had not receded but had risen slightly to 416.

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