Two drinks, one ticket to jail
Thu, 16 May 2013 23:50:52 GMT —
The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05.
Depending on a person's weight, anywhere from 2-4 drinks could land a person in jail for DWI.
More than 10,000 people are killed each year by drunk drivers; thousands more are injured.
It TMs a number supporters of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) know well.
MADD provides services to all victims of drunk driving, any impaired driving and our services are free, Ana Verley, MADD spokesperson said.
Verley said MADD appreciates the national attention the recommendation has brought to the issue of drunk driving, but the organization insists the best solution is to never drink and drive.
She said MADD supports stricter penalties for drunk drivers.
We support ignition interlock devices for a person who has been convicted of drunk driving the first time they get a DWI, Verley said.
If the recommendation became law, it would drastically affect local law enforcement.
There would have to be additional training. The cases would be stacked up in county court knowing it takes much less to have a DWI, San Juan police officer Sgt. Rolando Garcia said.
Garcia said officers are trained to recognize signs associated with the .08 limit or higher.
Critics of the recommendation say the legal alcohol limit will not be lowered, but MADD supporters and police officers agree if you plan to drink, don TMt drive.
If you or someone you know is a victim of drunk driving call 877-STOP-MADD.