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NCJ Number: 155973 Find in a Library
Title: Zero-Point-Zero-Eight Alcohol Concentration Limit
Author(s): J Cleary
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: Minnesota Legislature
St. Paul, MN 55155
National Institute of Justice/
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Minnesota Legislature
House of Representatives
Research Dept
State Capitol Complex
St. Paul, MN 55155
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This policy brief describes a proposal to lower from 0.10 to 0.08 the legal limit for a driver's alcohol concentration (AC), and examines several fundamental questions pertaining to the proposal.
Abstract: The proposal to lower the alcohol concentration limit is examined in regard to the following questions: (1) How many drinks does it take to reach 0.08 AC? (2) Can a person accurately judge his or her own AC level? (3) Why the trend to lower the legal limit? (4) At what level of AC do drivers actually become impaired (laboratory and epidemiological studies, summary of the empirical research)? (5) Would it be difficult to detect drivers between 0.08 and 0.10? (6) Would current alcohol measurement techniques work with a 0.08 limit? (7) Are existing enforcement and court resources sufficient to implement 0.08? (8) Would a 0.08 limit divert enforcement resources? (9) How many crashes, injuries and fatalities would be averted with a 0.08 limit? (10) Would drivers adapt to the 0.08 by drinking less? and (11) Would the public accept the lower legal limit? Tables, notes
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Court procedures; Courts; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Minnesota; State laws
Note: House Research, March 1994
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