BAC Could Rise From 0.08 to 0.10

Jun 13, 2017

In October, the legal blood alcohol limit for drunk driving stands to rise from 0.08 to 0.10, unless lawmakers vote today to make the lower level permanent.

Sgt. Matt Williams said it’s a formality under the provision to make sure 0.08 doesn’t go back up to 0.10.

“The research is very clear that 0.08 is a great standard. NHTSA, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, has conducted nearly 300 studies. They’ve all shown that at a 0.08 BAC level, virtually all drivers are impaired in the performance of critical driving tasks,” Williams said. “For example, like divided attention, complex reaction time, steering, lane-changing and judgment. They’re more than 10 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than the same driver at a 0.0 BAC.”

Michigan’s legal limit for drunk driving has been 0.08 since 2003, but only temporarily due to a “sunset” on the law, or a temporary extension.