It is the basic DUI law put in its simplest form: "In every state in the U.S., a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher is presumed to be legally intoxicated for drunk-driving purposes."
Drivers in Virginia likely understand that 0.08 is the legal limit they have to avoid to legally drive. If the NTSB has any say in drunk driving laws in the state, however, drivers here and probably across the country might not want to get too attached to the whole 0.08 rule. Changes might be brewing.
Earlier this month the NTSB released a list of changes it believes would make the country's roads safer. Among several other wishes, the board wants the federal 0.08 DUI mandate to be lowered -- meaning it would be easier for drivers to reach the legal level of intoxication. The NTSB's current BAC limit suggestion is 0.05 because they believe that the risk of driving dangers is too high when the limit is 0.08.
There has been no word from Virginia legislators regarding the suggested DUI change, but the NTSB's safety suggestions can put a real pressure on states to reconsider their laws. If there is a change to the BAC limit, we would be sure to post an update.
With or without the BAC limit change, drivers accused of drunk driving have the option to fight the accusation that threatens their freedoms. The first step toward protecting your freedom, driving privileges and your reputation is to work with an experienced DUI defense lawyer who understands the risks before you.