Criminal Defense Firm Serving Northeastern And Central Pennsylvania

Free Consultation:570-279-4191


Scientists have recommended lower legal limit for DUI

Pennsylvania motorists might be seeing stricter drunk driving laws in the future if lawmakers follow recommendations from scientists. Every state has a legal blood alcohol limit of .08 percent, but a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recommends that the limit be lowered to .05 percent. The report makes several other recommendations towards the goal of lowering drunk driving fatalities. They include increasing taxes on alcohol, cutting hours that alcohol is available for purchase, cracking down on sales to minors and limiting alcohol advertising.

The proposals are expected to be challenged by the alcohol and hospitality industries. In Utah, where the legal limit is already set to be lowered to .05 percent at the end of 2018, the American Beverage Institute has opposed the lowered limit in newspaper ads. The Distilled Spirits Council says that lowering the legal limit won't deter repeat DUI offenders, and those are the drivers who represent the majority of drunk driving fatalities.

The report states that progress was made in cutting down drunk driving deaths in the last decades of the 20th century, but since then it has stalled or even reversed. The panel blames this on the increased availability and affordability of alcoholic beverages, more advertising and even the popularity of caffeinated and energy drinks, which when combined with alcohol could make it harder for people to know when they're too drunk to drive.

When people have failed breath tests, that alone does not prove guilt. Drunk driving charges could be dropped if there is evidence that test results are wrong. Defense attorneys often challenge the results on the basis that the machine was improperly calibrated.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

How Can We Help In Your Case?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response

Office Location

Miele & Rymsza, P.C.

125 East Third Street
Suite 2
Williamsport, PA 17701

Toll Free: 888-290-8073
Phone: 570-279-4191
Fax: 570-322-8813
Williamsport Law Office Map

At Miele & Rymsza, P.C. we value your feedback.
Please leave us a review.

Review Us