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Will Texas lower the legal BAC limit?

Despite increasingly stricter laws concerning drunk driving, people continue to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 28 people die in alcohol-related accidents each day. For this reason, there is a growing movement to lower the legal blood alcohol content from .08 to .05. Whether Texas lawmakers will consider this recommendation remains to be seen.

The problem may be that many people don't realize how alcohol affects their driving ability. Alcohol affects people differently, and many factors may determine how much alcohol will bring someone's BAC to the limit. For a woman, one drink in an hour may have the same effect as several drinks for a man. Sometimes a driver may not feel inebriated, but his or her BAC may be at or above the legal limit, impairing the ability to drive safely.

Lowering the BAC limit has the surprising support of some bartenders. They feel their patrons will still drink, but they may be more likely to find alternate ways to get home. If states begin to consider lowering their BAC levels, they may also have to ensure adequate public transportation to accommodate those drinkers who can't drive home at the end of the evening.

Nevertheless, there will likely continue to be those who insist on driving after consuming alcohol. These drivers endanger the lives of others on Texas roads. The risk of injury or death in a drunk driving accident is high, and those who suffer injuries or lose loved ones have every right to seek the assistance of an attorney who can help them take appropriate action to claim compensation for their losses.

Source:, "Study suggests tougher drunk driving limits", Brittany Breeding, Feb. 2, 2018

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