If you have been reading our Athens, Georgia, DUI defense law blog for a while now, then you may be well aware that the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers in Georgia and throughout the U.S. is 0.08. This means that if you are pulled over by a police officer and suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, you may be asked to take field sobriety tests and a breath test.
When agreeing to take a breath test, drivers who are of the legal age to drink may be at risk of being arrested and charged with DUI if they blow a 0.08 or higher. Georgia, and every other state in the U.S., acknowledges that drivers may still be operating their vehicles in a responsible manner after having a small amount of alcohol as long as drivers are below the legal limit of 0.08. However, the National Transportation Safety Board claims that too many drivers who are below the legal limit of 0.08 are still impaired when operating their vehicles.
The NTSB recently suggested that all states consider lowering the legal limit to 0.05. The NTSB claims that lowering the legal limit will help to prevent crashes that are caused by drivers who are allegedly impaired.