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.05 percent blood alcohol concentration

Group Letters Urge New York State Legislature to Support Legislation Lowering the Alcohol-Impaired Driving Limit to .05% BAC

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On April 1, 2022 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and a broad group of stakeholders sent letters to the Transportation Committees in the New York State Legislature urging support for Senate Bill (S.) 131 and Assembly Bill (A.) 7197, which would lower the alcohol-impaired driving limit in the state to .05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC). 

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Group Letter in Support of .05% Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Legislation in New York State, Assembly Bill (A.) 7197/ Senate Bill (S.) 131

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Drunk driving is a deadly and costly threat to New York families. In 2019, there were 931 fatalities on state roads and twenty-nine percent of those deaths (266) involved drunk driving above .08 percent BAC, according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic crashes also cost New York taxpayers more than $15.2 billion annually. Drunk driving is a serious problem that requires urgent attention and action. Advancing .05 percent BAC legislation will deter dangerous drinking and driving across all levels of impairment as well as curb needless highway deaths and injuries that threaten the safety of everyone – New York families and visitors.

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