December 30, 1989
Brad Beckman, 22, the Atlanta Falcons player killed Dec. 18 when the car in which he was a passenger was hit by a truck on Interstate 85, had a blood alcohol level of 0.22 when he died, more than twice the 0.10 level for being considered drunk by legal standards.
May 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- With drunk driving still a stubborn national problem that accounts for one-third of all traffic deaths, federal safety regulators on Tuesday called on states to take a dramatic step: lower the legal limit for drivers' blood-alcohol content from 0.08% to at least 0.05%. The National Transportation Safety Board also called for government incentives to prod states into lowering their drunk-driving standard. "Most Americans think that we've solved the problem of impaired driving, but in fact, it's still a national epidemic,” said NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1993
A group of high school students, politicians and civic groups announced support this week for state legislation that would bar those under age 21 from driving after drinking any amount of alcohol. But law enforcement officials and civil libertarians said they opposed the proposal, contending that it is unnecessary and would create pointless work for police. Sponsored by state Sen. Quentin L.
March 4, 1998 |
With a photo of a 9-year-old girl killed by a drinking driver as backdrop, President Clinton endorsed a stricter 0.08% blood-alcohol limit for drivers. The dead girl's mother, Brenda Frazier of Maryland, joined Clinton. Her daughter, Ashley, was killed by a man whose blood-alcohol level was 0.08%, legally sober in Maryland and 34 other states, which use 0.10%.
August 24, 1989
Legislation that would lower the blood alcohol level at which a driver is considered legally drunk from .10% to .08% was sent to the Assembly floor on a 14-3 vote of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee in Sacramento. The bill has already passed the Senate, and Gov. George Deukmejian's staff has indicated the governor supports the concept of lowering the level, although he has not studied the bill in detail.