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There are too many accidents every day that include fatalities from drunken driving The legal percent blood alcohol concentration BAC level today for NY State is 10 BAC It is proven that states that have passed 08 BAC laws have declined in crashes by 16 to 18 percent If every state passed that same law many peoples lives would be saved every year Here are the facts -- An average 170-pound man must have four drinks in one hour on an empty stomach to reach a 08 BAC level A 137-pound woman would reach 08 BAC after about three drinks in an hour on an empty stomach - a level that exceeds what is commonly accepted as social drinking There are some groups that oppose the concept of lowering the BAC level in states holding that many of the fatal accidents that happen on the road today include drivers that have a BAC level of 10 BAC or higher The exact numbers taken from The National Conference of State Legislators report that in a fatal accident involving alcohol only 5 percent of the drivers had a BAC level of 08 to 099 while 83 percent had levels of 10 or higher How can they protest that there is only 5 percent when lives are at stake You must ask yourself this question -- is there an acceptable risk when peoples lives are at risk Regardless of how much alcohol it takes to get to this level at 08 BAC any driver is a dangerous threat on the road 08 BAC is the level at which the fatal crash risk significantly increases and virtually everyone is seriously impaired affecting all of the basic critical driving skills including braking steering lane changing judgment and response time NHTSA The risk of a driver being killed in a crash at 08 BAC is at least 11 times that of drivers without alcohol in their system
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