So yesterday on 100 Eyes, the fast and furious Patrick Lalley and I talked about the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation that states drop their legal limit for alcohol in the blood from .08 to .05.
I promised on the show to post some numbers from the state concerning the blood-alcohol level of drivers involved in fatal alcohol-related crashes. Part of the debate on .05, of course, will be how much public safety good can we do, how many lives can be saved, if we make the switch?
As you’ll see from this spreadsheet, there are a handful of crashes that involve drivers with a BAC between .01 and .05. Most of the crashes involve people with a higher BAC than that, but it is an interesting chart.