If the legal blood-alchol limit is lowered from 0.08 to 0.05, it is bound to have an effect on business.
As it is now, I think people generally go on a one drink per hour rate and that, of course, depends on how alcohol affects each individual, but if 0.08 was one drink per hour, suddenly people will be asking themselves what it will be should the limit be lowered to 0.05? Is it one drink every two hours if that happens?
People will, at least initially, be unsure and decide it’s best just to wait until they get home to have a drink, thinking that it’s getting riskier and risker to have one at a bar, restaurant or food and beverage operation.
I think they’re still going to bring the family out for a meal, but if they’re deciding whether or not to stay for a burger and a beer with buddies, they won’t be sure what the new limit means to them personally.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is doing a great job with awareness and we all want people to be cautious. Gone are the days from decades ago when the cognac flowed freely at midnight due to shifting values and norms in society.
The 0.08 I agreed with and in some places, if you blew close to the limit, you could have your licence suspended even if you weren’t legally impaired. I felt whoever added that was doing their homework, but if the new limit comes in, what earns you that suspension. Is it 0.04 or 0.03?
I’d like to know more. Are they telling me now that anyone who drove at 0.05 in the past was actually driving impaired? If not, should they possibly lose their jobs over impaired conviction at the new limit?
We all want to keep the public safe, but I’d just like to know the thinking and the science behind this new limit and why now?