"You're not about to get behind the wheel, are you?"
According to the Free Beacon, the National Transportation Safety Board is seeking greater restrictions nationwide on driving a vehicle after consuming alcohol, along with a major crackdown on how you use your cellphone while driving in every state.
The federal board's wish list includes lowering the legal blood alcohol content limit while driving from 0.08 to 0.05. For a man to drive legally after drinking, that would mean just one drink if you're under 180 pounds and two if you're over. For a woman, it's significantly more stringent. If she's over 220 pounds, then she can have a drink. But if she's under? She might want to considering having a designated driver or abstain all together, because a single drink could put her right at or over the limit.
The board explains their national push, saying, “When it comes to alcohol use, we know that impairment begins before a person’s BAC reaches 0.08 percent, the current legal limit in the United States. In fact, by the time it reaches that level, the risk of a fatal crash has more than doubled. That is why states should lower BAC levels to 0.05— or even lower.”
On the cellphone front, not surprisingly, the safety board would like all talking and texting banned nationwide. But for those of you who live in states where that's already that law and you've gotten accustomed to using hands-free devices, guess what? They would like to ban that too, citing "cognitive distraction" as a danger.
Chairman of the board Christopher Hart says, “We have recommended prohibiting all cell phone use, including hands-free, because a driver’s mind must be on the driving, just as their hands must be on the wheel. Since people have limited attention, each auxiliary task impairs our processing of the primary task. For safety-critical operations, distraction must be managed, even engineered, to ensure safe operations."
Hmm, I wonder if they'll considering banning toddlers in cars next.
Are these proposals important for keeping you and your family safe on the roads, or do you think they go too far?