SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would lower the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent.

Assembly Bill 1713, known as Liam’s Law, would trigger a DUI charge for any driver found behind the wheel with a BAC over 0.05 percent.

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The bill is named in honor of a 15-month-old who died in an alcohol-related traffic crash in 2016.

According to co-author Senator Jerry Hill, 100 countries have 0.05 BAC laws, and the level is recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board to reduce the 1,000 DUI deaths and 20,000 injuries in California each year.

Comments (2)
  1. Pam Martinez says:

    I think your reporter should re-check his/her facts. The legal BAC is presently 0.08% NOT 0.8%, there is a huge difference between the two. Lowering the level to 0.5% as reported, instead of to 0.05%, is actually RAISING the limit quite a bit. Decimals really do matter. From a math teacher.

  2. James Walker says:

    Lowering the BAC level to 0.05 will make criminals out of responsible social drinkers. Please also note that police roadblocks that stop mostly innocent drivers with no warrants and no probable cause to believe that any particular drivers have done anything wrong are an unconstitutional violation of the Fourth Amendment against improper search and seizure. The Supreme Court case that permits stopping mostly innocent drivers on fishing expeditions that find only a tiny percentage of violators was decided wrongly and needs to be reversed. I have lived and worked in countries with the hated and offensive “Papers Please” police roadblock system. We should NOT permit any form of it in the United States. The Michigan Supreme Court does not allow sobriety checkpoints in Michigan, even though the federal ruling was from a Michigan case. These states also make sobriety checkpoints illegal: Iowa, Idaho, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

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