Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council applauds Utah Gov. Gary Herbert for signing into law and Rep. Norm Thurston for introducing legislation establishing 0.05 as the legal limit for alcohol — the first state in the nation to do so. Utah was the first state to adopt a 0.08 alcohol concentration limit, and this move further solidifies the state as a leader in traffic safety. It also challenges other states to similarly respond during a particularly dangerous time on our roads.
National Safety Council preliminary estimates indicate as many as 40,000 people were killed on the roads in 2016 – the deadliest year in nearly a decade. Alcohol continues to be a leading factor in fatal crashes and among drivers' chief safety concerns. However, 10% of drivers surveyed by NSC said that in the last three months, they have driven after feeling like they were too drunk. We need not only strong legislative actions like Utah's, but also a cultural sea change about the nature of impairment. It does not begin at the legal limit – it begins with the first drink.
NSC is committed to working with lawmakers, public health professionals, traffic safety organizations and advocates to ensure the United States gets on the Road to Zero deaths. Legislation that helps curtail drunk driving is one important step.
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.