Lower BAC Limit Gets Mixed Reviews in Wyoming

May 30, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation for states to lower their blood-alcohol limit for drunken drivers is getting mixed reviews in Wyoming.

The Safety Board voted earlier this month to recommend that the legal limit for impaired driving be lowered to 0.05. That is down from the 0.08 standard throughout the country.

Gov. Matt Mead says he would prefer to increase penalties for drunken drivers, but he is willing to study the recommendation.

However, Mike Moser, of the Wyoming State Liquor Association, tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that the change could criminalize social drinking.

Moser says it makes more sense to crack down on heavy drinkers who are more dangerous behind the wheel.

Several state lawmakers say it’s unlikely the Legislature will change its legal limit anytime soon.

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