Driving under the influence is among the top offenses on the road in the U.S. Every year, an estimated 10,000 people get killed due to alcohol-related crashes. Since 30 years ago, statistics showed that alcohol-related accidents have claimed the lives of more than 440,000 people.
And just recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that all the 50 U.S. states follow a cut-off of 0.05 for the blood alcohol content instead of the current 0.08 standard. The board also urged all courts to act on drunk driving cases.
The NTSB believes that lowering the blood-alcohol content standard could save some 800 lives each year. Apart from the U.S., there are also over 100 countries worldwide that have set their BAC limits to 0.05 or lower.
Authorities in the country continue to find ways to reduce, if not totally eliminate, cases of driving under the influence. They are also utilizing technology in an effort to easily track offenders even before they can cause harm to people and properties.