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WA. may lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to .05!

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WA. State Capitol.
Credit: Bellingham Herald

Washington could join Utah as strictest states for blood alcohol levels while driving

From The Olympian:

Two new bills in the Legislature could change how driving under the influence is treated in the state of Washington.

On Monday, the Senate Law and Justice Committee held public hearings for Senate Bill 5002 and Senate Bill 5032. Republicans and Democrats are co-sponsoring both pieces of legislation.

SB 5002, sponsored by Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, would lower the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit from .08 to .05 while operating a vehicle.

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According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the state has seen a stark increase in fatal collisions in recent years. In 2021, there were 602 fatal accidents, a jump from the 539 accidents reported in 2020. The agency noted that 30% of total accidents in 2021 involved a drunk driver, and 39% of the total involved a driver who tested positive for drugs while driving.

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Posted by Steve on January 19, 2023 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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