Researchers used the official U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) because it looks at the nation as a whole and reports on blood alcohol content (BAC) in .01 percent increments. “Buzzed drivers” have a BAC of .01-.07 percent, and “minimally buzzed” drivers have a BAC of .01 percent.
UC San Diego sociologist David Phillips found that drivers with BAC of .01 percent, which is lower than the U.S. legal limit of .08 are 46% more likely to be solely at fault for accidents than the sober drivers collided with.
Phillips said judges, police, and the public treat BAC .08 as “a sharp, definitive, meaningful boundary” and don’t have penalties for those below the legal limit. He wants laws to change and to “reflect what official accident investigators are seeing.” He also says, “we find no safe combination of drinking and driving- no point at which it is harmless to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car.” He would like the law to limit BAC to .05 percent or below, like it is in more than 100 other countries around the world.
Drinking and driving is a dangerous endeavor, even “buzzed” driving can have fatal consequences. Any amount of alcohol can impair our decision making and response time. If you are struggling with alcohol, you are not alone. If you have been arrested for drunk driving or drink and drive without being caught yet, you are not alone. Many people seek treatment after getting arrested for drunk driving, but drinking help is available long before legal consequences arise. To save yourself and others from the dangers of drunk driving, there are wonderful addiction treatment centers that can help you recover.