National Safety Board Proposes Lowering Legal BAC Limit to 0.05%

The National Safety Board has recently put out a proposal to limit the legal BAC level of a person operating a vehicle from 0.08% to 0.05% in attempts to combat impaired driving in Indiana. While this proposal may save lives it has a long, rough road ahead of it. In 2011 when the BAC limit was reduced in Indiana from 0.10% to 0.08% it took lawmakers eleven years to make the change. Currently the legal BAC limit is 0.08%, 0.04% if you have a commercial driver’s license and 0.02% if under 21. If a driver’s BAC is over 0.15% there is more severe punishments. Criminal punishments include court fees of $300, Fines of $5,000, Imprisonment for 1 year, License Suspension for 2 years, the offender is required to submit to alcohol or drug testing, and is required to attend a substance abuse education course and a victim impact panel. Habitual offenders will face more severe charges.

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