In states across the nation, including here in Washington, the legal blood-alcohol limit is .08. Currently, this is considered the safe limit for the amount of alcohol that can be present in a person's system before they are considered a danger to other motorists. But some state and local authorities, and even the National Transportation Safety Board, believe that this limit should be lowered to .05 so as to decrease the number of drunk-driving accidents.
But some experts say that the reason new drunk driving laws have not been passed is because of a missing piece of crucial information: what percent of drunk drivers who are killed in traffic accidents are considered legally drunk? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, that number is 21 percent; but according to a new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, that number is actually closer to 3 percent.