CR President on HuffPost Live!

Choose Responsibility President Barrett Seaman recently participated in a HuffPost Live conversation on the legal blood alcohol limit in the United States. The conversation, consisting of Seaman, Deanna Russo (Executive Director at Crusade Against Impaired Driving); John Celock (HuffPost State Government Reporter); J.T. Griffin (Senior VP for Public Policy at MADD); and Dr. Barron H. Lerner (Associate Professor, College of Physicians and Surgeons), questioned whether or not .08 is an appropriate BAC level.

CR holds the belief that lowering the BAC and more stringently enforcing the law is a better approach to saving lives that a heightened BAC.

View the entire interview here, and let us know what you think.

4 Responses to “CR President on HuffPost Live!”

  1. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    The BAC limit should be where it is. It’s always best to drive without having drunk an alcoholic beverage but lowering the BAC limit would be an ineffective approach to discourage drunk driving. In order to further decrease drunk driving, there must be an improvement in this country’s culture regarding that. I think that this improvement can happen because in the 1970s, people had a more lenient attitude about drunk driving. Enforcement is an effective approach and there should be more enforcement against people who drive drunk. It’s good to read that Barrett Seaman was on HuffPost Live.

  2. Ajax the Great Says:

    I have gone back and forth on the issue of the BAC limit in the past, but currently I believe that 0.05 is where it should be. Most other countries (and the state of New York) have it at 0.05 as well, and it has been proven to save countless lives. And it certainly works FAR better than the 21 drinking age! However, the penalties should be graduated, and 0.05-0.08 should just be a traffic infraction with a modest civil penalty and loss of license for 30-90 days. From 0.08-0.15, it should be a misdemeanor with some jail time, a heavy fine, and loss of license for at least a year, and for 0.15+ it should be a felony with serious jail time and the drunk driver’s license should be lost for many years (if not forever). Repeat offenders should be punished even more harshly. Most importantly, enforcement needs to be stepped up and sustained at a high level year-round, not just during holidays.

  3. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    I agree with Ajax the Great so if the BAC limit is lowered to 0.05, then it has to be done right.

  4. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    Is this organization disbanded?