American Law


Can someone please confirm what the current drink driving limit is in America? I know here in Ireland you are allowed one beer. Just curious. Also the statistics given at the end of the film are that every 20 minutes there is a DWI related death, this was in 1984....i wonder if that statistic has reduced since then?

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I know this is five years late, but I just watched the movie and came on here. Hope you're still watching.

The limit varies from state to state, but generally, in most places, if you have a blood alcohol content of .08, then you've hit your limit. Anything over that is legally drunk.

And the DWI death rate has probably raised since 1984, especially when you consider how much our society has changed. Thanks to the internet and texting, everything has to be instant, so when people get in their cars, they drive faster, because they must be there as fast as possible. People leave too late and speed to their destination, so there are more and more wrecks, and alcohol certainly is a factor.

If we all liked the same movie, there'd only be one movie!

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According to this website (http://www.centurycouncil.org/drunk-driving/drunk-driving-fatalities-national-statistics), drunk-driving death statistics have gone down since 1991 (last 20 years). Of course, this may have as much do with cars getting safer as it does with stricter DWI laws.

The .08 limit cited by the other user represents quite a few more drinks than the one beer allowed in Ireland, depending on the weight of the user. And they have lowered that limit in most states from .10. However, evidence suggests that it would be more fruitful (in terms of lowering fatalities) to focus on habitual and serious drunk drivers rather than simply lowering the BAC limit over and over again, thereby netting more people. Think about it: the more you lower the limit, the more you have to spend resources on processing minor and first-time offenders. The real problem (if you look at the serious accidents) seems to be more like the guy in this movie -- serious drunks who do this over and over again. The woman in this article in Houston (where I live) was rightly sentenced to a very stiff prison term for a DWI-related fatality. She was driving the wrong way on the freeway and claims not to remember any of it. Her BAC was way beyond being borderline.

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/23034676/2013/08/02/jury-deliberatio ns-on-suspected-dwi-driver-nicole-baukus

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