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Drunk driving: Bill would lower legal limit to drive if approved

Upon being accused of operating a vehicle while impaired, the average person may lack the necessary legal experience to know how best to approach the subsequent process. Even those who are somewhat familiar with such allegations may also find it difficult to stay up to date on any possible changes to the law. A new bill has been introduced which would reportedly lower the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in California, and if it is passed into law, the number of those who face drunk driving charges may increase substantially.

Like many other states, the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in California currently sits at a blood alcohol content of .08 percent. If the new bill is approved, the legal limit would be lowered to .05. However, while some feel that the change is necessary and could help cut down on dangerous drunk driving accidents, others reportedly feel that it might not have as much of an impact as intended.

While the change is likely intended to encourage drivers to avoid operating a vehicle while impaired, it may do little to solve the problem, as it would mostly affect those who drink socially. Health experts suggest that for some people, it may take as little as one drink to reach .05 BAC. Those who oppose the changes reportedly assert that it would merely act to punish individuals who drink in moderation.

With the potential gravity a conviction for drunk driving can have on one's future, those who face similar charges may find it advisable to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. By consulting with a defense attorney, a person in California could obtain advice in making informed decisions about his or her case. An attorney can help a client better understand all his or her available options and assist in forming a strong defense for use during court proceedings.

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