Mixed Reaction in Georgia on Proposed Lower DUI Limit

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- There's mixed reaction in Georgia to a proposal from a federal agency's call for states to lower their blood-alcohol limits from drivers.

The National Transportation and Safety Board made waves with its call for a 0.05 limit, down from the 0.08 that has become standard.

Georgia's chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving doesn't oppose the idea. But executive director Barry Martin told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it's not politically feasible. Martin said the focus should be on initiatives that require drivers convicted of DUI to use automobile devices that test their blood-alcohol levels. The units prevent an ignition from working when a driver is over the legal limit.

Leaders of the Georgia Restaurant Association, meanwhile, say strict enforcement of existing laws is the best way to ensure public safety.


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